PERSONAL COACHES HELP HAITIAN FAMILIES TRY TO GET OUT OF POVERTY

In the midst of a move, with two under the age of five, I cannot tell you how many times I have asked my husband for a personal assistant! So when this Washington Post article fell into my inbox—I was fascinated with World Bank’s $4 million dollar experiment. Who would think about putting a personal assistant in a third world country and expect results? I know I always associate them with them with the middle or upper class.

In this case, agents (coach/personal assistant) are assigned to families and help them manage their homes and families. The best thing about this particular project is that the family is the one who decides what the family agenda will be. I love the thought of empowering the people who know best what will work for their own families.

Just in the same way, I know exactly what my house needs right now but need help organizing and sourcing the work. Unlike these mothers in Haiti, I have tons of resources all around me to help me accomplish these tasks. A quick browse on craigslist matches me up with painters, movers, and someone to mow the lawn (I never did find the kitchen and bathroom designer, give me a holla if you know of a good one!).

Yet, in these remote villages in Haiti, help may not be feasible or an illiterate mom may not be well-versed in a particular area in order to make an educated decision.

The verdict is not out on this particular trial run, but just based on anecdotal experience, I can tell you all of my busy mommy friends (hello Shawne!!) who have personal assistants are not only more productive, but also happier moms! And we know a happy mom fosters a happy family – which is more than enough evidence for me.

In the meantime, enjoy the Washington Post article and hope it inspires you to think outside of the box!

Lyssa Fils-Aimé Hargrove
Haiti Now Managing Editor
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