By Cathy Dobson

For the Journal

In a country where countless international charities attempt to help, Sarnia’s Rayjon Share Care stands out for its ability to improve living standards for the residents of Haiti, says director Renaud Thomas.

Thomas is in Sarnia for the first time to meet with Rayjon leaders here and spread the word about how the 37-year-old charity has shifted gears and found new success.

Billions of dollars are spent by other charities to help the Western hemisphere’s poorest country, but they often fail because leadership isn’t passed to the community, Thomas said, speaking to about 40 members of the Sarnia Lambton Kiwanis Golden K club Tuesday.

“Rayjon goes to the community and has discussions around the problems they have and about what they need. We ask people what we can do together. It is their project. 

“They care about it and that’s what makes it sustainable,” Thomas said.