Colorado Haiti Project

Mission Statement: The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty. The Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CHP is supported entirely by donations from private individuals, local and national foundations, faith communities, and service organizations.
Nov 18, 2014

The Story of Vladimy

We are excited to report that another year of award winning education has begun! Over 700 children show up in this rural and under-resourced area, everyday, ready to learn. A new playground provides the young ones with their first ever recess, while some of the older students can be seen helping each other with their new Entrepreneurship and Agricultural lessons.  An Entrepreneurship focused curriculum, created by a Haitian organization, was launched this fall. Nothing like this has ever been done in the area. St. Paul's Campus is a vibrant place to be, teeming with opportunity and hope. One former student in particular has a story of hope. The story of Vladimy.


Vladimy began his education at St Paul’s where he attended 1st through 7th grade, all the classes St Paul’s had to offer at the time. Today Vladimy is a 26 year old college student working on a degree in Accounting.  He is the recipient of one of the vocational development scholarships through the Colorado Haiti Project.  He was chosen because of his outstanding community service. His time at St Paul’s is where he learned about community involvement through work at the church and school.  As he finished up his high school education, he began to tutor other kids in math, writing and Kreyol.  Along the way, he discovered that Accounting would be a good career path as there are not many accountants in Petit Trou.

Today, along with attending the local university, he spends half his days teaching Entrepreneurship. His gift for leadership lead to an invitation to an Entrepreneurship training last summer.  Now he teaches it to the 7th, 8th , 9th and 10th graders and the sewing apprentices.Nothing is more rewarding than to see a student from St Paul’s give back to the community that helped raise them up.


Help support the next Vladimy by donating today.

A peek inside the classroom
A peek inside the classroom

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Aug 19, 2014

Educational opportunity for 7th, 8th & 9th graders takes a leap forward in Petit Trou, Haiti

Judith- Trainer & St Paul
Judith- Trainer & St Paul's sewing school graduate

With support from the Colorado Haiti Project, new educational opportunities for students at St. Paul’s will take a leap forward this new school year. Starting this fall, courses to build entrepreneurship skills will be offered to all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students at St Paul’s School. A local Haitian partner, Etre Ayisyen (To Be Haitian), will organize innovative programs for young adults at the school.   Etre Ayisyen has conducted a training of trainers exercise with three top students from the community who will be prepared to be leaders for the program this fall.

Through the entrepreneurship program students will learn critical skills in small business development for both formal and non-formal sectors, and gain important knowledge to set them down the path for success. There are even plans to help students launch small businesses of their own. This program, although not exactly the same, mirrors Junior Achievement training that is common in U.S. based schools. Because many students do not have access to education after 9th grade, this program will be instrumental in building the capacity and skills of these vulnerable young people to support themselves and their family, and have a positive impact on the local economy. For students that continue to secondary school the skills learned through this program will provide a solid base of knowledge as they also look to support themselves and their schooling.

$40 a month supports not only the entrepreneurship classes for these 7th, 8th and 9th graders but also their classical education. Help these students forge their own paths to sustained progress and development for everyone in the community through this enhanced curriculum.

Stay tuned as St Paul’s launches this exciting vocational program!

Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student

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May 21, 2014

Our Pre-School Class - the Future Leaders of Petit Trou, Haiti

Evaniaka at pre-school
Evaniaka at pre-school

Meet Evaniaka - or Evo as she is affectionately called:  Evo is the little girl in the photo, smiling out at us from under the table with pink ribbons in her hair.  She is in the youngest grade at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou, Haiti - the 3-year-old preschool class.  Evo lives with her extended family in a group of simple homes just a 5-minute walk from school.  Every morning Evo walks to the campus with her mother, Judith, who is a vocational student in the St. Paul's sewing program - learning to become a seamstress to help support her family.  After preschool lets out at mid-day, Evo goes over to the sewing school to be with her mom for the afternoon.  As you can imagine, Evo is the darling of that adult classroom!

Education is the foundation upon which the community's hopes for the future is built.  It is wonderful to look into the eyes of these youngest schoolchildren and see the future of Petit Trou.  They will become the teachers, the farmers, the seamstresses, the mechanics, and the healthcare providers of their community - literate and educated.

It only costs $25 per month per child to ensure that these pre-school students can continue into primary school and on to high school.  Please help Evo and her friends have that opportunity.  Their future is bright - if they can just stay in school. Thank you for your support and for your love of these children!

Arriving at school in the morning
Arriving at school in the morning
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
Teachers help us learn lots of things
Teachers help us learn lots of things
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Won't you help us grow?

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