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Haiti

The Context
Haiti’s economic and social development continues to be hampered by a general condition of political instability, governance issues, and vulnerability. Haiti is not only one of the poorest countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region, but one of the poorest countries in the world, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of $1,149.50 and a Human Development Index ranking of 170 out of 189 countries, in 2020. Land resources are limited, and traditional farming methods do not produce the needed food to avoid widespread hunger. Income disparities are among the highest in the Americas, where half of the national income goes to the wealthiest 10% of the population.

ST Foundation’s Presence
The DU initiative addresses instances such as the need for infrastructures, competencies, and access to good quality education that is lacking in a specific area. Based on these considerations, the ST Foundation decided to launch the DU Program in 2015, after signing the agreement with VIS and a local Salesian school in Port au Prince, where the first DU Lab was located.

Activities have been relatively seamless until the Covid-19 outbreak. Currently, the ICB courses are running more steadily. Over 2,887 beneficiaries attended our classes as of December 2021.