During our recent trip to Haiti, WCK’s Executive Director, Brian MacNair, and Director of Development and Communications, Alexandra Frank, had the chance to visit Boulanjeri Beni and interview the incredible staff who works in the bakery. Over the next five weeks, we will feature their stories every Thursday right here at worldcentralkitchen.org.
Born in Gros Morne near Gonaïves, Orest Morestant moved to Port au Prince, Haiti at the age of seven. Orest left school after achieving a ninth grade education, a decision he describes as his greatest regret.
Leaving school with little education forced Orest to take small jobs that paid little and were unfulfilling. After being introduced to Zamni Beni Orphanage in Port Au Prince through his aunt, he received training and learned new skills with the help of Chef Andres and the World Central Kitchen chefs. He now sees baking as the great opportunity he missed when he left school early, and strives to learn more and get even better at his craft.
Despite his busy work schedule at the bakery, Orest travels two hours each week to see his two sons, aged seven and five. “My dream,” Orest told us, “is to someday open up my own bakery using the skills I have learned at Boulanjeri Beni so that I can return my village, Gonaïves, and make my family proud.” Orest is just one of our chefs who has been empowered to change his life through culinary training.
To learn more about Boulanjri Beni and our work in Port au Prince, please visit our Sustainable Bakery page.