THE PATHWAY TOWARDS
For Haiti’s renewal
CONTACT : John Miller BEAUVOIR, Project Designer & Manager
Tel: (509) 683-3790
Abed Nego Jr Pyram,
Tel: (509) 832-8746
Haiti is the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere. Although its independence since 1804, the first black Republic is still facing bitterness and can not alleviate the heavy consequences of misgovernment, political failure and civic inertia that characterize the Nation’s 200 years of existence.
That environment of perpetual social crisis undermines the social structures of that Caribbean country and affects tremendously the different sectors of the population. Unfortunately, the socio-political breakdown of Haiti’s system, far from fostering broader engagement and determination of the vital sectors of the nation, produces the adverse consequences. As a result, many citizens, desperate and disheartened by the catastrophic results of Haiti’s elites, become more likely to leave the country and give up all efforts aiming at reaching the Haiti’s renewal. While human resources are expatriated, the day-by-day living of the Haitian people is deteriorating. Starvation, illiteracy, moral bankruptcy, chronic diseases are the never-end burden carrying by the population especially the vulnerable sectors such as the youth and the children.
According to UNICEF:
Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. Diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are the leading causes of death.
Some 60 per cent of people, primarily in rural areas, lack access to basic health-care services.
Numerous schools and hospitals have closed because teachers, social workers and health providers could not go to work for fear of violence.
It is estimated that about 5.6 per cent of people aged 15-49 years old in Haiti are living with HIV/AIDS. This includes about 19,000 children. Antiretroviral drugs are extremely scarce.
As many as 2,000 children a year are trafficked to the Dominican Republic, often with their parents’ support.
Only a little over half of primary school-age children are enrolled in school. Less than 2 per cent of children finish secondary school.
Those statistics depict a worrisome reality that will jeopardize the future of millions if citizens don’t come up with innovative ideas. The youth are vital resources who can impact their communities and mold their future as they want it to be. Nevertheless, communities lack change-makers with leadership skills to create the critical mass that would provoke long term structural changes.
Program’s long term objectives:
1 Improving life conditions in communities
2 Creating a critical mass of young social entrepreneurs throughout the country
3 Reducing illiteracy
Program’s specific objectives:
1 Sponsoring children during the timeframe
2 Educating children on civic, health, and environmental issues
3 Using rationally youth resources in communities
Where we start?
On the island of Gonave (West) where State services and institutions are almost non-existent. The impoverished population is quite isolated and the children are those who will pay the price. In those areas, the program has a quick impact and the results are measurable.
Who trains the children?
We use the train-the-trainers strategy. In each field, we train young men and women living in the communities on the relevant topics to perform afterwards the weekly trainings (each Saturday) for the pupils. Those train-the-trainers seminars will be held every 3 months. The youth are also trained on leadership. John recently published a book entitled” The Pathway towards the Future”. This book serves as training manual for youths in the Program.
When we started?
How many children?
35 children receive education and 350 are being fed
1 Youth more engaged in communities
2 Build linkages between children and youth
3 More educated children
4 Youth more alert and responsive to community concerns
We have a network of core members who assess the program all the way long during execution. A supervisor makes in situ evaluation. Each result will be tailored on specific objectives. On site field trips are held on a regular basis to visit the children and hold meetings with trainers.
Partial list of beneficiary children:
Nelchoix , M. Thierry
St Cyr, Velinese