H.E.A.R.is focused on bringing young Haitian students to the US to study in fields that are not available in Haiti. We currently has 2 standing full tuition scholarships through Concordia University in Portland. These scholarships are for the poorest and brightest students in Haiti and offer the opportunity to study business, education and nursing. Our need is to "fill the gap" between scholarship and total expenses, which include room and board, student fees, transportation, insurance, etc.
Lack of resources and/or opportunity to study for advanced degrees in Haiti. Most Haitians will never achieve higher than a 3rd grade education. 80% illiteracy and 80% unemployment keeps most Haitian children at home. There are too few teachers and educators and too few opportunities for the poorest families to achieve a dream. Through creating a larger pool of qualified, well educated teachers and entrepreneurs HEAR will have a positive impact on these issues.
It offers the opportunity for talented young adults to attend graduate school in the US and obtain advanced degrees that will better equip them in improving the situation of all Haitians.
For each student educated the lives of hundreds or thousands can be affected when what they have learned and contacts they have made are put into practice in their home community.