Our history, the history of HaSAAI begins in E.N.A.M, the first salesian School House in Haiti, built in 1936.
It was in 1935, under the government of Sténio Vincent that the Salesians settled in Port-au-Prince where they founded in Boulevard Jean Jacques Dessalines, “l’Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers’’ E. N. A. M“, whose education is based on the pedagogic principles of Don Bosco.
An establishment which provide to young haitians a scholastic, religious and professional training. It is also the school which, every year, since 1940, provides to Haiti great numbers of the most skilled and the most competent technicians.
But, alas! As it is the fatal destiny of the Third World nations, from the seventies, many of these technicians, including the newly graduated, faced with the disadvantageous economic conditions of the country, and the uncertainty of the better tomorrow, in spite of their attachment to the mother land, did subscribe to join the massive exodus of other haitians towards the diaspora.
That's how an imposing number of salesians alumni found themselves mainly in New York. Fortunately they always kept in mind, the precept of Don Boco, to remain united between them, to the salesian House and their former teachers. And it is in this frame of mind that father Jacques Mésidor together with the alumni Arnold Pierre and, united with some other members lays the foundations of the Haitians Salesians Alumni Association of New York, in November 1974.
1974 In November, Foundation of HaSAAI.
1976 HaSAAI is recognized by the State of New York as a Not-for-Profit organization.
1977 In May, a recreative evenning in the auditorium of St. Anne and St. Joachin in Queens-Village.
1984: Publication of a book , by the Chaplain, titled : “DIX ANS D’UNE EXPÉRIENCE DE CONVIVIALITÉ
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