According to UNDP 24.7% of Haitians live on less than 1.2 USD a day and 58.6% on less than 2.5 USD. The Human Development Index leaves the country in 163rd place out of 188.
Haiti is one of the most deprived countries in Latin America. Its development is jeopardized by different factors such as political instability, high vulnerability to natural disasters; almost inexistent hygienic conditions and lack of adequate infrastructures. More than one-third of the population lacks sufficient food. Land resources are limited and traditional methods of farming are not producing enough food to guarantee national food security. Levels of income inequality are among the highest in the Americas and nearly half of the national income goes to the richest 10% of the population, while nearly 71% of the population live below the poverty line.
On the basis of these considerations the ST Foundation has decided to launch the DU Program in the country, officially in 2015, after having signed a first agreement with VIS and a local Salesian school in Port au Prince where the DU Lab has been located.
The activity is responding to that need of infrastructures, competences and access to good quality education that are lacking in the area. After a first year of fine-tuning with the partners, the project is now going on well with mutual satisfaction of all the stakeholders involved. As of June 2019 the Foundation trained over 1,200 students since the inception.