Many of us will wake up in the morning, grab our phones, and start checking Facebook or Twitter, check our email, and see what’s going on at our favorite online news site. We’ll go through the day working on computers, still checking our phones regularly for updates, and we’ll be talking on the phone with friends or coworkers. In Haiti, however, it’s not as easy for people to spend their days online.
According to The World Bank, 59 percent of Haitians are living below the poverty line with $2.41 per day and 24 percent have $1.23 per day. Even though there are several telecommunication companies that provide 95 percent of the population with a mobile network, prices are high, competition is low, and service is poor or non-existent in rural areas. But as you can probably tell, in the United States mobile technology has a big impact on the functioning of day-to-day life.
At PBIH, our educational non-profit organization seeks to help families prosper in order to lead high quality lives. This includes promoting community developments, building schools, and ensuring areas of Haiti have a digital connection. We want to help improve the nation in various ways with technology (broadband, TVWS and green solar energy).
Because communication is such a huge part of growing an economy, a mobile phone, and or broadband internet access can help farmers and other business owners communicate about prices, they can sell products across larger areas, they can get in contact with potential customers, make and receive mobile payments, all reducing fraud and crime.
Improve Education and Training
Our educational non-profit wants education to include children in schools as well as farmers and other business owners, and the teachers themselves. With the right mobile communications and broadband access to online resources, the education system in Haiti has endless possibilities. With continued education, children will be able to go on to have successful careers. Education, as well as training, can help farmers and business owners connect with those around them and gather information about farming techniques and methods. PBIH utilized the S.T.E.A.M. system and broadband technology which allows teachers to have up-to-date information that they will then teach their students.
Globally, there are 300 million fewer women with their own mobile device than men. With mobile technology, women would be able to have greater independence, personal privacy, and security. When women feel this sense of empowerment, it can lead to them making important decisions about their future. Some countries are setting up methods for women to communicate violence they have faced so they can share their experience. When women are provided with mobile and online access to resources, they can experience freedom.
Clearly, with mobile and broadband access, communication will improve. This can not only benefit people communicating with each other, but can also help notify people before a storm hits. Relief organizations in Haiti have begun setting up a registration to inform people who are in vulnerable regions of impending hurricanes or earthquakes.
Technology, and mobile phones in particular, is a tremendous benefits for Haitians and others in developing nations. Our mission at PBIH is to help those in need by providing the resources (health, education, technology and business assistance) necessary for them to prosper. Learn more about our educational non-profit and help us help Haiti by making a donation.