HELP Announces Partnership with the Libra Group for Summer 2014 Internships

July 22, 2014

NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

The Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) announces today that it has
secured valuable internship placements with international business group, the Libra Group,
under a new partnership for high-achieving Haitian university students. These internships
provide promising students with the professional growth opportunity they deserve as a
critical step in creating a community of empowered young professionals and leaders with
the skills to combat social and economic disadvantage in Haiti.

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Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti, commented: “We see professional training as a
fundamental element to spur a new generation of entrepreneurs, to that end my government
has successfully partnered with the Libra Group and HELP. I look forward to seeing this
program extend to public university students in the coming months and commend all partners
for their continued engagement with Haiti.”

The first three HELP interns have started work with Libra. The HELP students will
receive the full benefits of the Libra Internship Program, including specially assigned
mentors, and ‘buddies’ who are responsible for optimizing both professional experience and
social acclimatization within the Libra Group. The company offers detailed appraisal,
training and strong support in recruitment efforts for the future. The number of Haitian
interns at the Libra Group is expected to rise to 10 in 2015.

The initial interns are from the Universite Quisqueya and the Ecole Superieure
d’Infotronique d’Haiti (ESIH). Following an intensive, week-long induction at Libra
Group’s New York offices, their assignments span work for Libra’s renewable fuels
business, its IT department and its educational programs division, with immediate access
to, and immersion in, the Libra Group’s diverse operations.

“We are so excited that HELP is sending three Haitian scholars to Libra for
internships,” said Vladimir Laborde, Secretary General of Haiti’s Presidential Advisory
Council on Economic Growth and Investment (PACEGI). “This is an amazing opportunity which
will complement their studies as well as develop their professional skills and confidence.
The PACEGI mandate is to identify and facilitate investments and economic growth. This is
why the initiative between HELP and Libra Group is such a perfect response. The
development of our human resources is a key aspect of achieving our growth targets.
Investment in our youth in particular represents a wise investment that will ensure future
prosperity for Haiti.”

Carla Brillembourg-Clark, Director of Educational Programs, Libra Group, added: “To be
able to bring in promising students from Haiti through HELP we hope will be a rewarding
experience for them, and it certainly is another major development for Libra’s internship
program which has changed many lives already through the inspiration and confidence it
gives to young people; we very much hope for the positive impact it can also bring to
Haiti. We are particularly grateful to the Clinton Foundation for bringing us together
with both HELP and the Haitian government. ”

HELP is the latest partner organisation to provide interns to the Libra internship
program. With 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents, Libra is predominantly
focused on five core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. Its
global internship program, launched in 2012, offers talented and successful students the
opportunity to gain an insight into international business, strategy and management while
they develop skills that will help define their future. Today the program provides
opportunities for up to 100 young people per annum and sources candidates from seven
partner organizations.

About HELP

HELP’s mission is to create, through merit and needs-based scholarships, a community
of young professionals and leaders who will promote a more just society in Haiti, where
every Haitian has access to quality education, the opportunity to live up to his or her
potential, and the ability to contribute to a just and prosperous society. Its objectives
are to:

        - Provide opportunity for deserving students
        - Break the cycle of poverty
        - Build a professional class and economy
        - Build a more just society

About the Libra Group

The Libra Group is an international business group with principal operations in five
core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. The group which is
owned by the Logothetis family comprises 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents.
Libra is distinguished by a combination of traditional values, new ideas and an agile
mindset that allows it to take advantage of opportunities. http://www.libra.com.

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