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Haiti - Economy : A young Haitian in semifinals of the TOYP 2015
16/08/2015 11:51:49

Haiti - Economy : A young Haitian in semifinals of the TOYP 2015
The young Haitian entrepreneur, Garius Lonick, winner of the winners of the Ten Outstanding Young Haitians 2014 (TOYP) organized by Junior Chamber International Haiti (JCI Haiti), which was selected from thousands of candidates across the world, is one of 20 young semi-finalists from 17 countries, who will compete to try to be among the 10 most outstanding youth in the world for 2015.

This competition aims to identify, appreciate and recognize the values and merits of 10 young people who have excelled in one or more areas that have contributed to improving the living conditions of the population "This project aims to develop innovative and creative capacities of youth around the world while offering opportunities for us Haitians to positively position Haiti internationally," declared National President of JCI Haiti, Ernst Junior Cadet.

Learn more about Garius Lonick :
From the early age of 12, Lonick Garius took his future and his education into his own hands. When his parent’s finances were reduced and Garius was forced to quit school, he delve into entrepreneurship as a means to provide financial stability for his own education.

Despite facing many obstacles over his early years, Garius financed his studies through entrepreneurship endeavors, weaving dry banana leaves to make hats, baskets and similar artisan products for resale. He continued this venture until he earned his bachelor’s degree in medical technology. After receiving his degree, Garius launched his next entrepreneurial venture, Bioced, a medical initiative offering laboratory testing, internal medicine, psychiatry, gynecology and dental care at lowered costs enabling low-income individuals to have access to reliable health care. Bioced has since granted valuable, educational internships to medical students from public and private sector schools. Due to the great success of Bioced and his entrepreneurial experience, Garius alongside six partners, launched the ESNATECH School of Nursing and Medical Technology. Despite struggling with a number of infrastructure and enrollment challenges within the first few years, the enrollment rate has increased and ESNATECH now offers 1000 classes and supports all operational costs. Due to the schools success, a scholarship program has since been implemented to help young students who cannot afford such schooling.

Garius developed his entrepreneurship at an early age as a way to finance his own education, however since then, he turned his actions toward contributing to the well-being of humanity. Today, he holds a university degree, owns four different businesses, employs nearly 100 individuals and is a Senior Laboratory Officer, working in HIV testing and providing technical assistance at Partner in Health, GHESKIO Center. Garius’ story is proof that neither age nor financial means can be barriers to achieving ones dreams.

The final verdict of the contest will be delivered by jury of JCI partners personalities from around the world, which will also consider the internet vote.

JCI Haiti, invites the general public to support this young Haitian bringing hope.

Garuis Lonick awaits the vote of the Haitian people on the competition website. Come and support in large number our national hope by clicking "Like" at : www.jci.cc/toypvote/?n=9

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