This particular program focuses on the community of Fon Batis in the communal section north of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The area was the site of the very first literacy pilot undertaken from 2001-2003. Members of approximately 7 cooperatives were the beneficiaries. Viewed as “ risky but innovative” the pilot was funded at the time by the then-known Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In the FIDA/pcH model, literacy is offered as a benefit to invested shareholders of a cooperative. It is a choice by members to participate. To our astonishment, membership in cooperatives tripled! The 7 cooperatives are at various levels of functioning representing approximately 3000 members, many of whom joined following 2003 and not had the benefit of literacy. In some case, husbands who declined literacy on the basis of ego, have seen the transformation of their wives and now express an interest in participating.
Total current registration for literacy 2020 is 1,561 (Men = 577/Women = 984). In Year one, only two of three levels will be offered; 1,231 (Men = 476/Women = 793) participants have been pre-tested for Level I; 296 (Men = 105/Women = 191) participants have been pre-tested for Level II. The cooperatives will select 75 locations to serve as the educational “centres”.
The objective of the program is to strengthen the capacity of women and men farmers to enable greater trust, confidence and self-awareness for the greater benefit of families and the community. The program offers a three-level curriculum in Kreyòl with each level being a nine-month term and covers the following areas of learning:
- Knowledge and application of the notions of oral communication, written and artistic
- Knowledge and application of essential concepts in mathematics
- Knowledge and skills in experimental sciences
- Knowledge, awareness and skills related to their environment
- Knowledge and ability in protection of the environment
- Knowledge and ability in business management
- Ability to transfer skills and to create wealth
- Knowledge and ability to respect the rights of others and to perform civic duties responsibly
- Capacity to transmit learned values
- Ability to exercise decision-making power within groups and/or community
|Funder/Partner:||Jim and Lorna Blair Foundation, Significant Anonymous Donor|
This is a one year mobile clinic extension program servicing five additional areas where FIDA/pcH has invested in cooperative formation. It is privately funded with intent to assess the capacity of the respective communities in terms of scaling up the concept of the Fon Batis pilot.
|Funder/Partner:||Significant Anonymous Donor|
This is a three year project funded by World Renew (approx $42,000 USD) in the community of Goget in Grand Anse Department. The community initiatives are conducted by the KPG Cooperative focused largely on yam production and storage. The objectives of the project include training on seed treatment, storage techniques, etc for the purpose of improving crop production and yields.
This is an 18 month project funded by Premier Equipment Ltd, a John Deere Dealership based in Elmira, Ontario. Located in the Zoranger area in the West Department the objective is to establish two seed producing nurseries of significant varieties that will contribute to the economic advancement of the cooperatives as well address reforestation. Varieties will include cedar, tamarind, soursop, avocado , papaya and mango and training in seed replication and grafting methods.
|Funder/Partner:||Premier Equipment Ltd.|