After witnessing the total devastation surrounding the earthquake in Haiti, it became crystal clear something has to be done. It had to be a people centric effort, that would have long term results. There are so many charities already in Haiti offering short term assistance, I decided to take a different road. My cousin Regi and I discussed many possibilities. One day while helping Regi's Dad recover what was left of his possessions from under the rubble, it came to me.
Every one spoke of the tragedy of the school children who were lost and the associated damage caused by the quake. The international community offered Billions in Aid, yet somehow we knew the problem was not money. Haitians have been receiving Aid for decades with little to show.
The problem is education. Not just basic reading and writing but trades education. The ability to master a vocation and use it for personal economic growth. Society can not function without properly trained technicians to service and install those items we all take for granted. Imagine waking up and your water heater was no longer producing hot water - make matters worse, There is no one to call that is qualified to effect the repair.
On March 29th Regi and I formed, " The Vision Haiti Foundation" A people centric effort to teach Haitians the construction trades. Based on a work force development format that provides incentives to all participants to become socio-economically self sufficient, resulting in extended economic growth.
Haitians are aware that eventually the political climate will clear and the international community will descend upon Haiti looking for a labor force that is currently non existent. The Vision Haiti Foundation has developed, " Haiti Tech - Institut de formation Professionelle". A Trades specific university style vocational school designed by Haitian engineers and businessmen intent on providing Haiti with the opportunity to build a sustainable economic future.
The Vision Haiti Foundation was created by Haitian/American cousins after the January 12th 2010 earthquake. Their plan to teach technical skills to both male and female Haitians will enable graduates to obtain better paying jobs during the re-construction of their country. The plan has evolved to include eight different cities with the construction of HaitiTech campuses as well as establishing adjacent villages that will be built by students then made available to graduates or the local communities as individual homes. In the time it took to obtain a US 501(c)3, they put together a top group of volunteers and board members as well as a secure warehouse in Port-au-Prince and alliances with existing schools.