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Hope Team USA is back from Haiti

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Events, News, Program, Technology, Trip     Comments No comments
Aug
15
Hope Team USA is back from Haiti. We did everything we set out to do AND had a little time to go to the beach.
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During our trip, we hosted the seminar for teachers and schools at our Technology Center PLUS another week long seminar for teachers in La Gonave as well.
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We did activities for youth including movie night. We also got the ball rolling on our biggest initiative yet “Ayiti Li” (an initiative to promote reading in Haiti’s schools, groups, organizations and in homes.) We did many other wonderful things with groups and communities we partner with –
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We took just a little time to relax at the beach but it was back to work the next day to empower our people
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Movie Night – With no movie theater in Haiti and very limited power we made a way.
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We took the time to invest in teachers so they can help prepare the next generation of leaders that Haiti needs
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The kids just love the Ipad in La Gonave.
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WE CAN DO EVEN MORE WITH YOUR HELP – MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TODAY

Solar Panels for Haiti Tech Center

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Column, Education, fundraiser, Haiti Hope Ambassador, Message, Program, Technology     Comments No comments
Jun
12

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In 2012, just two years after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, Color of Hope launched the construction of the Hope & Innovation Center as a result of growing demands for our services and programs. The center is now the first ever community tech center in Haiti destined to bring 21st century skills to communities and youth.

Our programs range from introduction to computers to coding, from teacher training to story time, from science lab to movie night and everything in between. The best part of it all is that we take our programs on the road, even to the most remote parts of the country. Most of the programs are in their testing phases and are going great, however the NUMBER ONE issue we face in delivering these wonderful programs is the lack of electricity, and being environmentally conscious makes it even harder for us. As a Haiti Hope Ambassador, I endeavor to provide for the needs of the organization in order for us to fulfill our mission. This year, I am asking for your help to address this critical issue.

Here is what I mean; Haiti has an acute electricity problem. In Port- au- Prince, Haiti’s capital, the availability of electricity is very limited, and some regions of the country do not have electrical power at all. The average person in Haiti spends 281 days a year without electricity. The lack of electricity leads most businesses and those who can afford it to using generators to function. Our heart aches every time we must use a generator. The center is located in an area where we barely get 3 hours of electricity a day and it’s mostly during late hours. Sometimes the power doesn’t come on for days and that makes it extremely hard  to consistently deliver our programs.

The issue we face is not one without solution but we need your help. We would like to leverage Haiti’s great natural wealth of sunshine to provide a clean, conscious and sustainable solution to this grave problem.  We need your help to acquire an off grid solar system that will allow us to be consistent in delivering those needed programs to the people and put our heart at ease knowing that we are not adding to the degradation of the environment. For that, we would be forever grateful.

The impact of consistently delivering these programs would be immense. The people of Haiti are critically lagging in digital literacy and information technology.  According to the World Bank, less than 5% of the population has access to a computer and even fewer are regular Internet users. Many students in Haiti are forced to gather under street lights to study and do homework at night and most use candles which are unsafe.  The majority of Haitian citizens (56%) are under the age of 25 and they are being deprived of an opportunity to be viable contributors in today’s global economy or the local economy due to this lack of access.  Your support can help provide reliable power to achieve an impact that we can see and one that the communities in Haiti can feel.  Together we can raise and empower the next generation of Haitian leaders to create a better future.

Marli Lalanne Haiti Hope Ambassador.
“As a Hope Ambassador, I endeavor to provide for the advancement of our mission. Color of Hope’s efforts are aimed at cultivating our Haitian children’s potential to give Haiti a better future.This year, my goal is to address the critical issue of energy.”

– We thank you from the bottom of our heart for any donation and will share these tokens with you at the following levels:

$50 or more – Unity t-shirt

$100 or more – Choice of Unity t-shirt or Philosophy shirt plus wristband.

$250 or more – Unity t, philosophy, wrist band and a we remember Haiti t-shirt

$500 or more – complete set of our Save Haiti Bike Ride cycling outfit, 5th annual Save Haiti Bike Ride water bottle, wristband, and a choice of any of our T-shirts.

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This Note Belongs to You

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Education, Events, News, Program, Technology, Trip, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Jun
9

This note belongs to you, we couldn’t have done any of it without your support. THANK YOU! Dieumela at our Community Technology Center Dear Color of Hope, The students from La Providence de Delmas 53 had a great innovative day at your Tech Center on May 28 2014. We would like to thank Marli Lalanne, Frensisca Danastor and the whole staff on behalf of all the students. Once again, thank you for enlighten the kids about technology. They had a blast. They will cherish that experience for the rest of their lives. Dieumela Aid Team Haiti School at our Community Technology Center People like you make what we do possible. We have touched so many lives, but knowing that there are so many left untouched makes it hard for us to rest. We are looking forward to touching many more young lives with your support. Haiti School at our Community Technology Center

Increase Digital Literacy in Haiti

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in Education, Program, Technology, Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Mar
31

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Consider how technology permeates every aspect of our existence today. Then think about how Haiti, a country where 56% of the population is under the age of 25, only has mere 0.2% regular Internet users.  What will we do to make sure our children don’t get left behind again this time around?

Color of Hope provides youth and communities in Haiti with technology resources, training and creative opportunities. We aim to improve access, skills and education individuals need to take part in the information age.

Did you know that only 5% of the population in Haiti have access to a computer. We cannot stand by and let our youth fall behind. Your $10 contribution provides 2 hours of digital literacy training for a a group of 5 at our Community Technology Center in Haiti.

 

You can make sure Haiti’s tomorrow is better than her today. Make your contribution now

Donate to the Mobile Education Centers Program

Hope & Innovation Center

Posted Posted by Color of Hope in #IstandwithHaiti, Education, News, Program, Technology     Comments No comments
Aug
4

HOPE & INNOVATION CENTER is a Technology Center that provides youth and adult a place and opportunities to develop 21st century skills that will inspire future education and career choices. The center supports education and helps to increase digital literacy. The people of Haiti are critically lagging in digital literacy and information technology.  According to the World Bank, less than 5% of the population has access to a computer and even fewer are regular Internet users. The majority of Haitian citizens (56%) are under the age of 25 and they are being deprived of an opportunity to be viable contributors in today’s global economy or the local economy due to this lack of access

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The programs we run at the center tackle these though issues head on. The following are our feature programs:

Our digital inclusion program aims to improve the access, skills and education individuals need to take part in the information age. We provide youth and communities with technology resources, training and creative opportunities. Our center provides a 21st century learning environment that includes access to devices such as a 3D printer, desktop and laptop computers and tablets.

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Our Teacher Training program provides professional development training that addresses both pedagogical and subject area skills at the early childhood education, primary, and secondary levels. These training are designed to meet the guidelines and standards of the Ministry of Education.  Currently in Haiti, at the early childhood education level, there are 20,000 teachers, but only 42% are qualified to teach at that level. And the situation is even worse at the primary level, where only 22% of the 60,000 teachers are qualified to teach. Given the enormous challenge of the lack of qualified teachers in Haiti we take this program on the road.  We travel outside of the center to regroup and train educators in remote areas of the country in addition to hosting regular trainings at our location.

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Our Education Jump Start & Support initiative provides school supplies and tuition support to students. 85% of the schools in Haiti are non-public schools and, now more than ever, parents have a hard time paying for their kids’ tuitions. We work with local schools and communities to identify those with a tenuous payment history. The identification process is done by our Hope Team members in Haiti who interview local families to ensure that the money goes to the neediest. The Education Jump Start program also provides teaching kits to teachers to make sure they have all the necessary materials to teach.

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