Gotson Pierre

Gotson Pierre

By peh4, 28 April 2014

After the 2010 earthquake, Haitian journalist and PR consultant Gotson Pierre realized his main priority should be to compensate for the lack of news and information. The disaster devastated the country, destroying the homes of more than 1.5 million Haitians who were forced to find shelter in survivor camps dotted throughout the capital, Port-au-Prince. The day after the tremor, Pierre set up a mobile Telecentre among the ruins for those who had been displaced. Equipped with a dozen Web-connected computers, it tours the capital’s six survivor camps every day. The Telecentre is an oasis for exchanging information amid a ruined infrastructure and media. It is used for exchanging information about victims of the quake, its aftermath and the distribution of humanitarian aid. It has also been a means of introducing many Haitians to new technology.