It is a well-known fact that technology helps shape the future for all nations. With Haiti Futur, we have decided to take the front seat in bringing sustainable innovation to rural communities through digital education in Haiti. The challenge that exists in rural communities in Haiti is that they are untapped and often times under resourced. Students can walk up to one or two hours down the mountain to their schools, Haiti Futur took the reverse approach and decided to bring quality digital education to them.
The challenge is fierce but the resilience of Haitian people allow them to adapt quickly. Haiti Futur partnered with Paradis Des Indiens in Les Abricots, a community located 325KM from Port Au Prince to electrify 5 of their rural schools in the mountains. From walking and carrying equipment to a lengthy truck drive to a 30-minute boat ride and an hour climb up a mountain and finally assembling the solar panels and digital board. With the involvement of parents and community members, the load became light. This journey to sustainable rural electrification is surely paving the way for generational transformation.
The following video gives the account of the stakeholders; technicians, funders, educators, and community members who contributed to the electrification of the first school. "In Haiti, you cannot provide instruction without creating jobs," said Haiti Futur CEO, Josette Bruffaerts-Thomas. This electrification is providing more than sustainable energy, it's creating opportunities for children and adult community members to learn new skills that would lead to revenue-generating activities.