Haiti yields the lowest total rate in the education realm of the Western Hemisphere. Literacy rates are around 61%. Most schools (about 90%) are privately run and require tuition fees, which is a barrier to most children, who are some of the poorest in the western hemisphere.
Institution Mixte de SOPUDEP is a K-12 school serving approximately 750 students. In 2001 SOPUDEP was given a two-story burnt-out mansion to use as a school and in 2002 they opened their doors with initial enrollment at 140 students. Today, enrollment is around 750 students with 67 staff. It is free for students and provides free meals for both students and the local community. In addition to quality academics, they also provide vocational training programs in tailoring, carpentry, electronics, among other professions.
World Centric has been supporting SOPUDEP since 2011, including the construction of the New School with 20 classrooms which will serve an additional 1000 students. With the profits of fiscal year 2016, 2017 and 2018 we have covered the staff salaries for the school.
SOPUDEP’s approach to education is unique in Haiti: no child is turned away for lack of funds. An example of this is the 150 street children that attend the afternoon session five-days a week. Director Réa Dol’s mission is to expose students to a well-rounded education, both book-based and experiential. Her students learn that, in order to prosper as a society, they must practice equality and be active participants in the country’s healing. As SOPUDEP’s students step out into the world, roots of peace, equality, and prosperity will grow for future generations.
*Due to COVID-19, children have not been able to attend school in-person since March 2020. Since most households do not have wifi and access to electricity is limited (many households can only purchase a few hours of electricity each week) online learning is a challenge. Teachers have been recording and sending their lessons via whatsapp. The operations staff have been purchasing food stables and delivering them to the most vulnerable students' families.
67 teacher and staff salaries for the 2019/2020 school year.
Access to quality education for 750 children.
Increase in health due to access to clean water and food at school.
Support the women’s groups that operate at the school: micro-credit and vocational training.
A World Centric partner since 2011.
SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Petion-Ville) is a Haitian-founded and run grassroots organization located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. SOPUDEP’s focus is on providing accessible education to adults and children, supporting children’s and women’s rights, and creating programs of economic empowerment for members of their community.