“Hope for Today Outreach’s Six Major Projects for Rural Haiti Toward Sustaining Development and Human Flourishing”
1. Establish fully funded (and free) schools (Preschool to High School) with arts programs, pre-vocational programs, medical clinics/facilities, and clean and sanitary water projects in Haiti’s poorest rural areas–10 schools per department;
***Haiti is divided in 10 Departments or Provinces, including Artibonite,
Centre, Ouest, Nord, Grand’Anse, Sud
Nippes, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest, and Sud-Est.
2. Create literacy programs for illiterate Haitian adults in the most empoverished areas in the country: 10 literacy centres per department;
3. Establish vocational/professional schools with programs such as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, refrigeration, masonry, barber, culinary arts, etc., in 10 most needing rural areas in the country;
4. Create religious programs and theological schools to provide decolonial spiritual formation and training and to promote postcolonial hermeneutics and indigenous ecclesiastical practices: we’ll need 10 major centres: one per department;
5. Create Community libraries and community-activity centers: we’ll need 10 of those per department in rural regions in the country;
6. Create Teacher Education Programs & Leadership Schools in rural Haiti: we’ll need 10 centres per department
How to fund these programs and projects:
A. Through the development of Haiti’s agriculture and natural resources;
B. By soliciting assistance from Haitian professionals in the Diaspora to invest in these projects;
C. By establishing scholarship funds and grants;
D. By soliciting Haiti’s wealthy class and rich private sector to invest in these projects;
E. By promoting (and selling) Hope for Today Outreach’s intellectual resources such as books, cds, teaching materials such as seminars and workshops on leadership, health, and education, etc.
F. By encouraging generous and humanitarian individuals and families to add Hope for Today Outreach to their living wills, trusts, and estates.
***We are making the first step in realizing a small portion of our goals. In September 2019, Hope Academy de Bois d’eau, located in the rural area of Bois d’eau, Port Margot, will start running with 25 students. In the next five years, our goal is to start a medical clinic and provide sanitary and clean water to the population there.
Dr. Celucien Joseph is the founder and president of Hope for Today Outreach (HTO).
Our motto is “to remember the poor.”