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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: The mission of cocina is "operating from the christian perspective of faith, hope and love, cocina partners with institution univers and univers medical center in ouanaminthe, haiti, to provide academic and vocational education for children and adults, provide health care for people in the area and jump-start economic development projects. " cocina supports a christian school, institution univers, in ouanaminthe, haiti, that was established in 1994. This school provides programs and achieves academic accomplishments of its students that are far superior to the educational programs that are provided in local public schools. The school was started 19 years ago with 84 kindergarten students and three teachers. Each year a grade level was added, and school facilities were constructed to keep up with the additions of students and grade levels. All class levels have a daily bible study class. The school had an enrollment of 2300 students in the current fiscal year. The school is on the french

Programs: Program service accomplishment first achievement institution univers school has 2300 students in grades k through 13. The june 2013 thirteenth grade of institution univers graduated 52 students. The school employs 150 local people. In 2009, institution univers was named "one of the top ten schools in the nation" by the haiti ministry of education. In the june 2013 national tests administered by the ministry of education for all 6th, 9th, 12th and 13th grade students in all of haiti, 97% of i. U. Students passed these tests---and were therefore promoted to the next higher grade.

program service accomplishment second achievement healthcare is also a critical community need in ouanaminthe. In the 2001-04 time period, hugues bastien (director of institution univers) collaborated with the board of directors of cocina and an architectural designer to obtain funding and a design for a three-story medical clinic. Univers medical center was built in 2005-2006. The building includes rooms for pharmacy, medical examination and treatment, laboratory testing, dental services and eye-care services, plus a surgery center, birthing area and recovery area. The univers medical center began meeting medical needs soon after its construction was completed in 2006. Mission teams came from the u. S. For a week at a time to perform professional services in the clinic. In 2008, cocina obtained funding to hire a haitian staff of 24 professional and support personal, and operate the clinic 45 hours per week. In september 2010, because of local demand for greater services and expanded operating hours, the clinic expanded its service hours to 7 days per week and 24 hours per day---by adding a few more staff. The staff now numbers 35--- including several physicians, several medical interns and nurse interns, a dentist, professional nurses, nurse assistants and a pharmacist. Univers medical center annually provides 15,000 doctor-patient consultations (i. E office visits), 14,000 pharmacy prescriptions filled in the clinic pharmacy, 10,000 laboratory tests, 2,100 hospitalization patient stay-days, 1,100 dental clinic visits and 250 surgeries (performed mostly by u. S. Mission teams).

program service accomplishment third achievement the vocational education program of univers is called univers technique et commercial. In 2010-11 cocina supported director hugues bastien in expansion of vocational education from what had been just classroom-based courses (e. G. Computer operations, languages, business accounting) to comprehensive laboratory courses in auto-vehicle mechanics, industrial- commercial sewing and repair of industrial sewing equipment. Funding was obtained from several foundations to jump-start these three new vocational education programs. In 2010-11, a separate building was constructed to house these three new major programs. Equipment and supplies were purchased and several professional instructors were hired. In the initial classes (starting in the spring of 2012) there were 12 adult students enrolled in the auto-vehicle mechanics program, five in the sewing program and three in the sewing machine mechanics program. In the 2012-13 school year there were 82 students enrolled in these three vo-ed programs.

program service accomplishment fourth achievement in 2010, cocina added "economic-development" to its mission statement, knowing how critical it is to provide jobs and businesses for haitians in order to rebuild the country. During calendar year 2011, cocina obtained some of the funding needed to jump-start a large chicken-egg farm outside ouanaminthe, built to house 5000 laying hens initially. Construction of this chicken farm was started in cy 2011 and completed in the summer of 2012. In july of 2012, some of the hens started laying eggs, and the expectation at the time was that about 4,000 eggs per day would be obtained for a couple years---all to be sold in ouanaminthe and elsewhere in haiti to generate income to support and sustain the chicken-egg farm venture. The chicken farm and egg sales was being run successfully in the fy ending august 31, 2013, but it had not yet become profitable---due to exceptionally high prices for corn-based purchased chicken feed and a cap imposed on egg sales prices by the much larger chicken-egg farms in nearby dominican republic. This chicken-egg farm is intended to: 1) produce jobs for local haitians, 2) provide "haitian eggs and chickens for sale," instead of importing these two major food products from venders in nearby dominican republic, 3) provide education and training for local haitians who want to start their own small-scale family-owned chicken-egg business, and 4) some of the profit from the farm will be contributed to institution univers school or univers medical center as a charitable donation to support their operating costs.

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This organization is one of the most effective charities serving the people of Haiti. Fully 97% of donations go directly to education, healthcare and community service projects in Northeast Haiti. They are currently serving earthquake victim families in the school and medical clinic. COCINA and its partner programs have received significant recognition. Hugues Bastien, the founder and on-site director of the Haiti projects, was nominated for the 2009 Conrad Hilton International Humanitarian prize. The school - Institution Univers - was named a Top Ten School by the Haitian Ministry of Education for its outstanding student scores on national education exams.

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