Monday, December 20, 2010

Gerandale Thelusma

Gros Morne, Haiti.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Gerandale Thelusma, our local representative in the House of Deputies. Gerandale was involved in an auto accident on the road from Gros Morne to Port-au-Prince. The road is in deplorable condition, pock-marked with large gulleys and craters, especially in the rainy season. Gerandale is another in the long list of Haitians who have died on that road.

Gerandale was a strong proponent for women's rights in Haiti and actively campaigned for Medicine For Peace's Women's Health Initiative. She spoke to many civic and religious organizations about the program- urging women to safeguard their health. She understood the vital role of women in this society, and how women empower themselves by protecting their physical and mental well-being.