Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind adventure? Join a group of eight cadets majoring in Emergency Management as they travel to Ile a Vache, a small island 6.5 miles off the coast of Haiti. Approximately 15,000 people live on Ile a Vache, which is made up of a string of small villages that are scattered across the island. Lack of roads has created a unique environment where villages, although located in close proximity to one another, remain fairly isolated. Daily life on the island is extremely demanding and residents live day to day. There is no economy and the jobs that do exist are mostly tied to the sea. Watch these eight cadets make a difference in the lives of Ile a Vache residents as they continue the work of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Haiti Project which began in 2011.
Overseeing the trip is Thomas Lennon, a retired captain in the United States Coast Guard. Not only is Captain Lennon the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department Chair at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he is also the founder of the Haiti Project.
The adventure begins on Saturday, January 13th. The cadets will return home from Haiti on Sunday, January 28th.