Haiti's economic and social development continue to be hindered by political instability, governance issues, and fragility. The country remains the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region and among the poorest countries in the world.Haiti also yields the lowest education rate in the Western Hemisphere. 78% of students drop out after primary school, 85% of teachers lack basic qualifications, and only 60% of Haitians can read and write. With access to a quality education, Haitians have the ability to transform the country.
In 2001, community members in Port au Prince were given a two-story burnt-out mansion to use as a school and in 2002 they opened their doors to 140 students from impoverished households. Today, Institution Mixte de SOPUDEP is a K-12 school serving approximately 800 students. There are no fees to attend and they provide free meals for both students and the local community. In addition to quality academics, SOPUDEP offers evening vocational training programs for adults in tailoring, carpentry, electronics, and other professions.
World Centric has been supporting SOPUDEP since 2011, including the construction of a second campus, "The New School", with 20 classrooms which will serve an additional 1000 students. With the profits of fiscal year 2016-Present 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.
Our grant funds the salaries for 67 teacher and staff for the 2021-2022 school year, serving 760 students. SOPUDEP also provides clean water and food for students and the local community. In the evenings they host vocational trainings and micro-credit circles for adults.
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.