Public invited to ‘Living in America,’ a Haitian immigrant presentation
POLSON — Mr. Turnier Esperance will present: “Living in America: An Immigrant Story of Haiti: From Slavery to the 21st Century” on Thursday, September 7 at Polson Senior Center. Turnier is a native Haitian. He emigrated to the United States and eventually became a Pfizer executive. After retiring he decided to establish a school in Haiti. https://haitiansportsfoundation.org/ Mr. Esperance founded the Haitian Sports Foundation (HSF) in 2006, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplift the children of Haiti through the use of sports activities. HSF has been working with local social organizations to provide assistance to children between the ages of 6 through 17 with the belief that each child has the potential to succeed if the opportunity is provided to him or her. His intent is to offer Haitian boys activities that will allow them to stay away from the gangs which rule Haiti. Their recent focus is to offer technical training for the installation and maintenance of solar panels. HSF is determined to work with established organizations to provide the environment needed to develop children through formal education and sports activities. The HSF complex provides services to the community at large in areas of sports, education health and starting next month, a professional school to allow young adults to learn new trades in areas such as solar energy, refrigeration and mechanics. Turnier cannot go back to Haiti because the gangs will kill him.
His talk will begin with a short history of Haiti, he will touch briefly on the US role contributing to the current state of affairs and then he will talk about his foundation and what they are trying to achieve. Polson people might be interested in his talk because he brings firsthand experience about a lawless country.
Turnier was invited by Joanne and Jim Simpson to share the unique story of Haiti. If you would prefer to join by Zoom, email: Haitiansportsfoundation@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Join us in person at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Polson Senior Center.