Who we serve
Access to computer equipment and information technology is a pressing need at all levels in Haiti. Since it is technically impossible for one organization to address the needs of all sectors across this Caribbean Island, Haiti Net Literacy has prioritized public schools, not-for-profit schools, municipalities, local governments, community organizations.
Public schools and not-for-profit schools
Unlike the neighboring countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, Haitian students attending public and not-for-profit schools do not have any access to computer and internet technology. Without computer access and digital literacy, students of all age groups attending public schools will be unable to compete with their peers who receive their education in a private school. Moreover, these public school students will be less likely to get high paying jobs and other opportunities in Haiti and beyond.
Public School Teachers
Making computers accessible to teachers in public schools and helping them acquire a wide range of computer is a priority for Haiti Net Literacy. If the teachers are “computer literate,” they will pass their knowledge to the students. In the end both teachers and students will benefit from information technology as can support teaching and improve learning in the classroom and beyond. In addition to having access to computer labs in their schools, teachers will receive the training required to use technology to support learning in the classroom.
Municipalities and Local Governments
Less than 10 percent of Haiti’s 158 cities and towns are equipped with limited information technology. The absence of digital technology in these municipalities has made it difficult for city administrations to provide basic services to their constituencies as they school. As these municipalities still use the old fashion mechanical typewriters, to produce any important document, they have to send a messenger to the nearest major cities where these services are offered. The lack of basic services in these towns and rural areas has contributed to massive exodus toward Haiti major cities and neighboring countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. In order to move Haiti into the 21st century, it is critically important to build the capacities of its municipalities and local governments in a sustainable manner. Access to information technology is indispensable for effective institutional strengthening in Haiti.
All over Haiti, community organizations have played an instrumental role in bringing people together to identify and solve socioeconomic and environmental problems. For example, communities can access distance learning programs; Haitian farmers living in remote areas can learn modern farming techniques using online tutorials that are likely to help increase agricultural output. For these organizations to be more effective at empowering the communities and influencing government decisions in favor of low-income social groups, they also need information technology and digital literacy.