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Richardson Antoine

Haiti Field Manager

After the ejection of former President Aristide in 2004, life in Haiti was very difficult. I was still in High School when I started with my first work.
I was a ‘’Watchman”. There were big ships that used to provide wheat to the biggest flour company in Haiti (LES MOULINS D’HAITI). I was in charge of watching the big ropes that tie up the ships in order to prevent people from cutting them on the sea. During that time, I had the chance to work with more than seven different nations and experienced some exotic cultures.

I integrated Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in 2010 aftermath the earthquake as “Load Master”. In 2011, I was part of the Team of RAMASE LAJAN as “Program Coordinator” until June 2015.

Now, I am studying Telecommunications in a technical school and am working for Thread. I am so excited about that!!

Why Recycling?
I remember when the first center of RAMASE LAJAN was being opened in “Wharf Jérémie” (Cité Soleil). I interviewed a 50 year old woman and she said, “That program is a response to my prayers”. She was so excited! That’s something that made me proud and helped me understand that we can’t stop because many people in Haiti count on us.

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for? 
Anticipation.

I always want to be a couple minutes ahead of what that might happen in my job. I love working in the field, I hate being late, I love meeting people and listening to them. I always create a close relationship with people I work with in a way to make them comfortable. I love spending time with people in order to know how they feel, what they expect to, and love helping solve problems.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
At first, I was kind of skeptical of the success of recycling programs in Haiti. But, after the opening of the first center, the second and the third one I said, “Oh my God, we’re going to make a huge impact in Haiti”… and I was right.

I am so excited to see how the collectors don’t only see the bottles as a source of income, but as a way to bring their contribution to the protection of the environment. That is something Haiti was waiting for and I am proud to be part of it. We have to work hard in order to grow our impact because it is worth it.

What also excites me is when we show them a sample of what the plastics have been turned into, they’re like, “really!?!” And they smile.  It is so amazing to see a smile on the face of those people who work so hard.

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about? 
I love going to the beach. I think beach is the best place to be after a week of hard work. I love reading. My favorite Writers are John C. Maxwell and Mikhael Aivanhov. I love seafood, especially conch (Lambi in Creole) and lobster. I love talking about politics.

My goal is to have a good background on “Business Management”, travel the world,  experience new cultures, and speak at least 7 languages.

How do you want to be remembered?
As someone who had good influence on others. Someone who was wise, smart, trustful.