The program “A Beautiful Horizon for Haiti – Haitian Youth Leadership Training Program” is a partnership among three Brazilian city councils from the state of Minas Gerais – Belo Horizonte, Contagem and Betim – and a university - the Methodist Institute Izabela Hendrix. Its aim is to provide internships for 18 Haitian students that were given scholarships at Izabela Hendrix as part of its Training Program for Youth from Countries in Reconstruction. They are students of Architecture and Urbanism, Environmental, Civil and Production Engineering, Nutrition, Management and Biomedicine who came to Brazil in 2007/2008, after being selected by a Methodist organization (Haiti Global Vision Ministries). The program began in September, 2010, and is expected to last no more than two years, following Brazilian national law on internships.
The program is part of broader efforts that brought multiple individuals and actors from civil society and local governments together in order to cope with financial shortcomings that kept the university from meeting commitments it had previously assumed with Haiti Global Vision Ministries, besides offering the students scholarships. Searching for homes and revenue for the Haitian students and following a suggestion made by federal deputy Jô Morais right after the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, Izabela Hendrix expanded previous efforts to mobilize local churches, the university’s students and the media by requesting direct support from the local government to cope with those challenges.