- The average Haitian, age 25 years or older, has less than 5 years of schooling.
- The literacy rate for women in Haiti is around 57 percent and the literacy rate for men is around 64 percent.
- 85 percent of Haitian students are educated by private schools that are run by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) other church-run or Haiti for-profit operators.
- The Ministry in Haiti (MENFP) that is responsible for education in the country receives support from the private sector providing a majority of funds for educational purposes.
Anyone living outside of Haiti may be alarmed by these facts, but one only needs to study the country’s history to appreciate its societal contributions and true value. However, recent events, including the structural damages that occurred after the 2010 earthquake have only added to “the majority of Haitians lack of access to quality education; a prerequisite for sustained social and economic development”, according to USAID.
PBIH, a Haiti non-profit organization, was founded in 2007 to help the people of Haiti “Prosper & Be in Health.” A part of our mission is to help youth and families prosper through education. We specifically want to utilize our S.T.E.A.M. system to help families understand some new gardening strategies in order to reduce food scarcity issues, find a solution to hunger, poverty, obesity, and malnutrition.
What is S.T.E.A.M?
S.T.E.A.M stands for “Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.”
The S.T.E.A.M system was designed to be used all over the world and to be used with a variety of educational curriculums. Because the system was designed by scientists and educators who are passionate about updating information regularly, the point of S.T.E.A.M is to always be current and up to date, helping students everywhere stay on top of the changes. When a significant change occurs, the information can be relayed quickly and efficiently to those who may not have access to new textbooks, but to potential online resources.
Another incredible benefit of the S.T.E.A.M system is that educators can choose the lessons that will benefit their students and their community the most. Our Haiti non-profit organization is passionate about promoting this resource to the schools in the Northwestern region. Haitian youth and families will learn, understand and be able to apply new gardening systems that will also include aquaculture and aquaponics. Soon, they will begin to provide greater food resources for their communities. Gardening is an art and a science that can be very challenging, certainly in Haiti. But we believe, with the right assistance and the right resources, Haiti will soon return to the great agrarian society that it once was.
PBIH, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a Haiti non-profit organization looking for donations to continue assisting the people of Haiti with health, education, and technology and business assistance. All donations are tax-deductible, which includes monetary donations as well as devices and gifts. We understand that we have a lot of ground to cover; however, with your assistance, we can continue helping Haiti with their literacy rates and a renewed hope that they are able to lead healthier, happier, more prosperous lives.
Learn more about our Haiti non-profit organization here and get in touch with us today if you have any questions about what we do or what we believe in. Above all, we want to enrich the lives of Haitians by providing them with great schools and educators who are passionate about helping children and families lead better lives.