Growing up,  I always took my education very serious. By the blessings of God, My family was able to come to “The States” for a better life, therefore, rendering me a better education. So I asked myself , what would I do if I didn’t get the opportunity to go to school to better myself?  I want to give other children that same opportunity I had.  Education For Hope Foundation, is a Non Government Organization specifically targeting the Island of Haiti . Its mission is to be part of the solution  in aiding the education crisis that seems to be an ongoing problem on the Island. Partnering with other NGOs, Education For Hope will make a difference. We are currently doing more research and I will keep you updated on our progress on this blog.

A Foreign Policy Association (FPA) article entitled The Future of Education in Haitiwritten just after the earthquake provides a good case for schools being a method of returning children’s lives to a sense to normalcy in the aftermath of a disaster.  The problem is Haiti’s education system was in complete disarray even before the earthquake.

Even though Haiti Recovery & Development Company’s education focus will primarily be on adults training (see Workforce & Training for a Haitian Renaissance), to inspire a Haitian renaissance education will be a core component to this social awakening.  That means big change is needed in Haiti’s education system.

FPA goes on to state, that according to the 2007 National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction Paper, the literacy rate in Haiti is 51.9%, 60% of the young population in Haiti leaves school after their primary education, and only 2% of the youth population completes secondary education.

There are many organizations suited to deal with Haiti’s education crisis..  At HR&DC we are acutely aware of  education’s role in the rebirth of Haiti.  That’s why our plans include the availability of public schools for all children that live within and around each of our 5 cities for Haiti.  It is why we are actively seeking alliance partners to assist us in this area of our master plan. To us, education is a non-negotiable requirement in Haiti’s rebirth!

What are your thoughts on solving the plight of Haiti’s education system?

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Current Projects in Haiti: Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center

Every story about green building is a story about people.

Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center is about the people of Haiti who are facing ongoing devastation following the earthquake of January 2010. It’s about a replicable, resilient model for rebuilding.

There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti. Project Haiti will tell many of these children for the first time in their lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about – just like any other child, in any other place in the world. It will provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphans and offer a pathway to adoption.

Together with dedicated pro bono design partner HOK, the U.S. Green Building Council is catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to rebuild this orphanage. We will provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope and a model for sustainable building practices.

Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center is about the people of Haiti who are facing ongoing devastation following the
earthquake of January 2010. It’s about a replicable, resilient model for rebuilding.
There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti. Project Haiti will tell many of these children for the first time in their
lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about – just like
any other child, in any other place in the world. It will provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphans and offer
a pathway to adoption.
Together with dedicated pro-bono design partner HOK and our committed collaborators, the U.S. Green Building Council is
catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to rebuild this orphanage. With your
help, we will provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope and a model for sustainable building practices.

We must rebuild better:

Through the design and construction of the Center, which will be LEED® Platinum, USGBC is providing a global, replicable model of high performance green building practices that can be tailored to the Haitian culture.Beyond providing immediate care and the possibility of a loving home and hopeful future for disadvantaged children, the new Orphanage and Children’s Center can inspire and teach rebuilding that is environmentally and financially sustainable in a region hit hard by natural disasters. It will demonstrate how to minimize environmental impact and maximize energy and water conservation and will be built to resist the impact of natural disasters.

A reason for hope:

Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center is about rebuilding after tragedy. Prior to the earthquake, the non-profit, nondenominational Fondation Enfant Jesus cared for abandoned, orphaned, HIV-positive and special needs infants and children at a
facility in Port-au-Prince. That facility was completely destroyed. The new Center will be located in the same place as the current
condemned orphanage and continue to be operated by Fondation Enfant Jesus, one of the few partners in Haiti to offer adoptions
to the United States through U.S.-based Adoption-Link.

If you want to Donate to help support this cause please visit the official website: http://www.usgbc.org/haiti/haiti.html