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 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.
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 period of fine-tuning with the partners, the project has reached over 1,200 students since the inception.
Unfortunately, the project has recently faced slowdowns because of the difficult socio-political instability which is causing severe problems of public order.