Author Steven Werlin will be at Bismarck State College at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to present on his education work in Haiti and discuss his book, “To Fool the Rain: Haiti’s Poor and their Pathway to a Better Life.”
His free presentation will be held in the Basin Electric Auditorium inside the National Energy Center of Excellence.
In 1996, while a faculty member at Shimer College in Chicago, Ill., Werlin began traveling to Haiti where he was invited to observe literacy classes and talk with the people organizing them about ways to involve students in classroom discussions. While there, he began working with Fonkoze, an organization created to bring financial inclusion and development services to Haiti's poor.
Werlin's book chronicles his journey with Fonkoze and presents the stories of a group of Haitian women bound together by the themes that pattern life in rural Haiti.
Werlin has been living in Haiti part-time since 2005. He is the Fonkoze communications and learning officer and teaches classes for high school students, literacy center participants, primary school teachers and primary school teachers and groups as different as teenage boys from Port au Prince’s largest slum and women from a network of rape victims.