Education  Haiti Project #48533

Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians

by Friends of St. Vincent's Center, Inc.
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians

Summary

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live productive lives with dignity and self-fulfillment. Being born with a physical handicap should not be a roadblock to achieving those milestones. In Haiti, it is. This project will empower at least 20 Haitian adults with handicaps by providing academic and technical training scholarships to help them overcome those roadblocks, resulting in increased self-esteem, economic autonomy, and respected inclusion in their own society.

$23,000
total goal
$10,674
remaining
80
donors
5
monthly donors
2
months

Challenge

In Haiti, people with disabilities are marginalized in all sectors: public, private and even in the non-profit world. They are under-accommodated, under-educated, and under-accepted, plagued by the myth of being "second-class" citizens. The blind population alone in Haiti is a staggering 71,000 people, 50% of all cases in the Caribbean Region! Stereotypes, lack of qualified special education teachers and class materials for any handicapped adult constrains access to education and training.

Solution

Empowering people with disabilities through education opens doors to literacy, autonomy, equal opportunities and independence for the most vulnerable members of Haitian society, people with visual impairments and blindness. This project is part of a locally-led initiative that awards scholarships in accredited learning programs to the visual, hearing or physically impaired. Upon graduation, adults will be equipped to enter the local labor market, gain autonomy, all with increased self-esteem.

Long-Term Impact

This project enables graduates to counter negative stereotypes by becoming viable wage-earners with credentialed knowledge and skills. They will serve as positive role models/leaders/change agents for other blind/deaf/disabled community members. By witnessing these individuals thriving and contributing to their own communities, the greater Haitian population will, in time, acknowledge their value and worth. Negative stereotypes will decrease, opening up opportunities for all challenged citizens.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​fostv.org
Website for Friends of St. Vincent's Center, Inc.

Organization Information

Friends of St. Vincent's Center, Inc.

Location: Pickerington, OH - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Sonya Yencer
Pickerington, OH United States
$12,326 raised of $23,000 goal
 
97 donations
$10,674 to go
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