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NICK PRENETA
Class of 2004
Intake Center Director / Project Pierre Toussaint

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typical day: Project Pierre Toussaint is a project based in Cap Haitien, Haiti, the second largest city with a population of a little over one million. The focus of this project is working with the hundreds of male street kids in and around the city. The project has two facilities: a downtown intake center and a residential facility on the outskirts of the city.

As director of the intake center, which operates 5 days a week from sunbreak to sundown, I work with our haitian staff to provide a stable environment that allows for the phsyical, emotional, and educational growth of these children. Aside from providing food, a place to bathe, and a safe environment for the day, the intake program provides a variety of activities in the morning as well as traditional school in the afternoon.

I also spend a great deal of time with our social worker, counseling the boys on issues such as families, their experiences of living in the street, and the adjustment to life within the walls of the center. We also work on reintroducing the boys back into their families around the country.

My interest in social justice work goes back to my experiences at Muhlenberg College. The faculty in the communication department took my curiousity in social injustice in the world around us and provided me with the opportunity to explore and get involved. My experiences from the Communication Department and the guidance from members of the faculty have helped me find my way to what has become such amazing and meaningful work for me.


(2006)