Monite is a 1st generation Haitian American. Her parents moved from the the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, to America. Monite is a junior at SUNY Brockport with a double major in Biology and Neuroscience as well as a minor in Pre-Professional Health. Monite
has taken part in clubs such as the African Student Union, Women Of Color Empowerment, and served as secretary on the E-Board of the Caribbean Student Association. Monite plans to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon. She currently volunteers at Comfort Care Facility, where she provides the utmost care and support for the residents along with their families. Monite also volunteers in the
emergency room at Ellis Hospital, all while taking summer classes to become an EMT in September. Monite’s kind-hearted personality brings joy not only to her family but also the people she meets. In her free time, she enjoys singing and writing. Monite loves her
culture and takes pride in Haiti being the first black country to gain their independence.
She knows that her country played a major role in her mother's and father's tenacious ability to thrive, which they passed onto Monite. The Haitian motto “L’union fait la force” (Unity Makes Strength) is another propelling force which leads Monite to save lives and
eventually join the Doctors Without Borders organization in Haiti.
THE NATIONAL FLAG OF HAITI
The flag of Haiti consists of two different colored horizontal bands, and a white panel bearing the national coat of arms at the center. The top band is bright blue in color, while the bottom band is red. The coat of arms of Haiti is made up of two yellowish-gold colored cannons faced in opposite directions on top of a green hill. A drum with two axes is located between the cannons and six flags are located behind the cannons (3 on each side). Running down the center of this image is a palm tree wearing a hat, known as the Liberty Cap. A white banner sits at the bottom of the hill with the Latin phrase: L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE, meaning “Strength in Unity.” As a former French colony, the blue and red colors are modeled after the French Tricolore. The flag of Haiti was officially adopted on February 26, 1986, when the country began its transition to democracy. However, the flag's design was previously used from 1859 until 1964 under the First Haitian Republic.
THE COAT OF ARMS
The coat of arms of Haiti was first introduced in 1807, and has appeared in its current form since 1986. It shows six draped flags of the country, three on each side, which are located before a palm tree and cannons on a green lawn. On the lawn various items are found, such as a drum, a bugle, long guns, and ship anchors. Above the palm tree, there is a Phrygian cap placed as a symbol of freedom. On the lawn between the drum and the ribbon there were supposed to be two pieces of chain with a broken link symbolizing the broken chain of slavery. The ribbon bears the national motto of Haiti: L'Union Fait La Force (French, "Union Makes Strength"). The oldest use of a symbol for Haiti is known since 1807. The symbol shows several national flags, with two cannons and palm trees. The symbol indicates the battle for independence of the republic. The motto, in French, means 'Strength through unity'. The symbol remained in use until 1849, when President General Faustin Soulouque crowned himself as Emperor Faustin I. At the same time he adopted new Imperial arms, showing two cannons and a (French) imperial eagle. Two lions were used as supporter and the whole placed in a purple mantle. The emperor was forced to leave the country in 1859, after which the old symbol was restored. Ever since the composition has been the same, but the colors and items have changed somewhat
NATIONAL FLOWER - THE HAITI
The national flower of Haiti hibiscuses called the “Queen of Tropical Flowers” though it is grown wildly in the world’s tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate regions as ornamental plant. Hibiscus is a small tree with evergreen shrub, glossy single stem leaves. It grows up to 8 feet. As it is a diverse genus hibiscus made around 220 species of flowers with five bright colors like red, white, pink. Purple and yellow. Hibiscus rosa- sinensisor ‘China rose’ is the most popular among its 220 variety.
NATIONAL BIRD - THE HISPANIOLAN TROGON
The colorful Hispaniolan Trogon is found only on the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is the national bird of Haiti; ironically, it is becoming increasingly rare there due to ongoing habitat loss.
The species is more common in the Dominican Republic, especially in the relatively undisturbed forests of national parks including Sierra de Bahoruco and Nalga de Maco, where ABC has worked, and Valle Nuevo, where ABC partner Sociedad Ornithologica de la Hispaniola (SOH) is working. The trogon shares these forests with other endangered residents, the Bay-breasted Cuckoo and La Selle Thrush, and the migratory Black-capped Petrel and Bicknell's Thrush.