Mission: Founded to assist in the long-term reconstruction of Haiti. The goal is to Bridge the Gap between poverty and prosperity by significantly improving the earning power of Haitian citizens through vocational education..
Results: The Vision Haiti Foundation is a US 501(c)3 IRS non profit firm. We have an establised office in the Montana hills below Petionville and have staffed our board of directors and country advisors. We have a completed business plan, a business model, architectural plans and an Impact study. All avalable for preview by interested parties.
Target demographics: An education through Haiti Tech favors students ages from15-25 years old. However, Haitians older than 25 will also be encouraged to apply.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Once in full operation, each Haiti Tech campus can graduate 320 students every year. Each local community wll benefit through direct involvement from our first day on site. We will hire locals to assist us not only in the construction of the Institute but in the future costruction of The 10 planned adjacent villages ( Village Du Soleil ) to be built in part by the students.
Geographic areas served: Eight Haitian cities will have Haiti Tech campuses: Jacmel, Gonaives, Anse-A-Veau, Les Cayes, Port-de-Paix, Cap Haitiene, Hinche, Port-au-Prince.
Programs: I. Haiti Tech Vocational School
II. Village Du Soleil is a Haiti based, for profit, housing development to be built by Haiti Tech students and located near each campus. Initially used for hands on training, then made available for sale as homes for graduates and local families.
III. AVHA-SA- A Work force development company, will functon as a placement firm contracting with local and international businesses to secure employment for Haiti Tech graduates.
IV. Radio Vision - Internet Radio Station
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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.