Meet Ferlandy, Haiti’s newest electrical technician

Ferlandy excelled in high school at GES, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class. He was chosen as a scholarship recipient from Grace Emmanuel School’s Class of 2019.

After two months of school closures caused by political unrest in the fall of 2019, Ferlandy began at Haiti Tec in December 2019. He completed his studies in electrical technology this month.

Ferlandy’s program consisted of 4 semesters with 29 different modules and 1110 hours of study. He studied such topics as electrification of residential and commercial buildings; analog and digital electronics; industrial sewing machine repair; installation of surveillance systems; inverters, generators and solar panels; and practical business skills, like preparing project estimates, occupational health and safety, and English.

Solar panels, like these at JiHM’s mission property, along with inverters and generators, are extremely popular in Haiti where electricity from a traditional power grid is unreliable. Ferlandy’s education has equipped him to install and maintain such systems.

Ferlandy says he has already started to put his skills to use, recently installing an inverter for a neighbor and helping a JiHM staff member improve the electrical wiring at her house.

Read a Q&A with Ferlandy, Haiti’s newest electrical technician, below. Thank you for helping us equip this young man with quality training to serve his family, community and country!

Q. Why did you choose this field of study?

I always wanted to learn electromechanical engineering, but I couldn’t find that opportunity. I chose electrotechnology because it was similar. In addition, this field will allow me to work on my own, even if I can’t find a job.

Q. What has been your favorite part of school?

My favorite moment was an inverter project that I worked on successfully. It is the achievement I am most proud of.

Q. What has been the most difficult part of school?

I never had anything that seemed very difficult, but not too long ago on my way home from school, gang members pointed their guns toward the vehicle I was in. Thanks to God, they didn’t do anything to us.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I would like to do a more advanced study in engineering so I can work as an industrial engineer and use all that I know without any limits. I would also like to study theology. And to have started my own business.

Q. How do you plan to use your training to impact your community?

First, I need to get my name out there. In order to share my services with people, I need to build up my reputation in the field, so people will know I’m capable and seek me for help.

Ferlandy gives the commencement speech at his graduation in 2019

Q. Who in your life is most proud of you and why?

My parents. They had 4 sons, and 3 of them died. It is only me and my little sister who remain. I think they are proud that I am still alive and proud to follow my success.

Q. How does your faith in Christ impact your life?

I have lived by faith every day of my life since I accepted Jesus. My faith is how I live to please God.

Q. What do you do in your free time?

I’m learning to play bass guitar, I read, and I play soccer.

Q. If you could see lasting change in Haiti, what would it be?

I would like to see peace reign over Haiti, because too many people live with broken hearts, in doubt and sorrow.

Q. How can we be praying for you?

Pray for my spiritual life, pray for my family, for Haiti, for my studies I will finish, and for my plans.


To those who have supported the GES Scholarship fund and his education, Ferlandy expressed his gratitude:

“Thank you is not sufficient to say to those who supported me. You’ve made sacrifices to think of us. I hope God pours more blessings on you and your families, so that you lack nothing. I would also just like to say you can be proud of me, because I won’t keep this knowledge to myself. I will work!”

Will you be part of equipping more talented young adults in Haiti by supporting this year’s scholars? Make a gift to the GES scholarship fund today.

Wendy Pierre began working for JiHM in 2019 as the sponsorship assistant. She currently serves as a liaison for the students of Grace Emmanuel School and assists with communications. Wendy lives in Minotrie with her mom, brother, and sister.

Kristi Bucher has served as Communications Manager for Jesus in Haiti Ministries since 2014. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, Nathan, and two kids. Kristi and Nathan lived in Haiti from 2012–2014.