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Chantal Bazelais - President

For Chantal, the choice lead Friends of Paradis des Indiens was an easy one. Chantal believes the people of Haiti deserve two fundamental rights that they have for so long been denied - Justice and Respect. In her position as President of FPDI, she hopes to play a role in helping the people of Haiti claim these rights. Chantal has two goals as president - that the schools of Paradis des Indiens serve as a national model for those so desperately needed throughout Haiti and that every person in Abricots be provided with the opportunity to be employed. With Chantal as the driving force of activity of Friends of PDI in the USA, they tirelessly strive to bring Mica’s message to American contributors and sponsors. Chantal wants every person that comes in contact with this organization to know that the board is keenly dedicated to this cause and focused on being zealously transparent about how every penny is managed.

Chantal was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti the first of four children and the only girl. In 1962, as severe political unrest continued to steadily terrorize the small island, Chantal married and left Haiti to join her new husband (who had left Haiti years before) in New York City. There they joined many Haitians who had arrived in the US to “pare lapli” – (wait out the storm). After two years, with no relief from instability and tyranny in sight, Chantal knew there would be no going back.

Now, over 50 years later Chantal is still in the US. She pursued her education, raised her family and today lives in Florida. Although retired from her position as a Bilingual Guidance Counselor, Chantal currently works as a Real Estate Agent and Interpreter. But, closest to her heart is her work with Mica and Paradis des Indiens. In 2008, Chantal and a group of family and friends founded Friends of Paradis des Indiens, Inc., a 501 © 3 non profit organization approved by the IRS on January 1st. Chantal visits Abricots each year to review progress of each project and to assess new projects for the upcoming year.