COMMUNITY SCHOOL TEACHERS RECEIVE COMPUTER TRAINING The Northwest Center for Community Development's mission is "to help reduce/eliminate illiteracy among disadvantaged children in Haiti. Chief Executive Officer Justin T. Anestin requested assistance in computer skills for the center's staff. Mr. Antoine Brunvil and Ms. Rene Berthange traveled April 1-10, 2007 to help the teachers build proficiency and literacy in personal computer skills. Brunvil who is a four time veteran volunteer with FAVACA has provided computer related training in Grenada and several times in Haiti accompanied by first-time volunteer Ms. Rene Berthange, who is a teacher at William H. Maxwell Career & Technical Education High School. The pair discussed the purposes of individual hardware components, their installation and troubleshooting, trained on Microsoft PowerPoint and provided an introduction to Internet research. The training used a hands on participative approach and included more than 100 teachers.
FAVA/CA COLLABORATES ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING. Miami program manager Marc A. Roger staffed a University of Florida (UF) training activity in Gonaives, St. Marc and Port-au-Prince, April 19 - 24, 1998. The training, funded by the United States Information Service, was conducted by a four-person team from the UF College of Law, Center for Governmental Responsibility. Roger was a participant observer and identified new projects and partners from the participants for FAVA/CA. While in Haiti, Roger also held meetings with other development organizations, mayors, and potential clients.
TOWN IN NORTHERN HAITI RECEIVES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN WATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES. John Stamm, USAID Project Coordinator in Cap-Haitien working in collaboration with FAVA/CA on their Secondary Cities Program requested assistance in local water system planning and management. The Comite d' Approvisionnement de l'Eau Potable (CAEP) has been experiencing a reduction in their normal water capacity due to recent drought. Therefore, they cannot provide sufficient water to their communities. On April 22-28, 2001, volunteer-consultant Dan Johnson, a retired engineer from Kissimmee, conducted an assessment of damaged pipes and drained water supplies. He then trained 6 of the technical staff in operation, management, and maintenance of the water system.
FAVACA LEVI STRAUSS PARTNER TO ASSIST HAITI.Â Consultants Marie Chery and Dr. Jean Serge Pintro traveled to Ouanaminthe, Haiti, October 11-22, 2005 and were tasked with developing strategic plans for an economic development and HIV/AIDS prevention grant program for the community.Â While meeting with local and international organizations working in Ouanaminthe, the consultants were able to identify and prioritize economic development and HIV/AIDS prevention projects and areas of technical assistance needed in order to carry out these projects. The consultants met with community organizations such as FONKOZE, Les Centres pour le Developpement et la Sante, Volontariat pour le Developpement d'Haiti, Le Centre GHESKIO, Group d'Initiative pour la Promotion de la Technologie in Ouanaminthe, Univers Tech (vocational school), the Hospital of Ouanaminthe and international organizations, including Plan International, Heifer and FINCA. Once approved by the Levi Strauss Foundation, the proposed projects will be implemented through a small grants program. This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by the Levi Strauss Foundation.
VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SEEKS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Director Hugues Bastien, Univers Tech Institute, in Haiti's North East Department sought technical assistance to improve the vocational school's curriculum. Recognizing the increased demand and volume of students, Univers Tech looked to FAVACA to help strengthen its programs. Ms. Yolette Mezadieu, Department Head for Business Technology Education and Dr. Marlene Felix Marcelin, Guidance Department Chair, are both instructors at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Educational Center in Miami volunteered their time April 4-8, 2007 in Haiti. They helped develop a comprehensive vocational curriculum in areas such as automotive service technology, computer, hospitality management and industrial sewing with strong emphasis on developing training programs geared for in women in business enterprise and entrepreneurship. Through a three-day workshop, Univers Tech staff reviewed a comprehensive curriculum based on community needs, developed a training plan for instructors and training personnel, identified and developed a plan on how to obtain curriculum resources such as software, hardware, textbooks, supplies and human capital.
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TEAM PROMOTES EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION, IN PIGNON, HAITI. Breast cancer can be beat with early detection and treatment but in developing countries such as Haiti it is often fatal. One group of volunteers hope to reverse this pattern. Each summer, teams of men and women from the U.S. travel to Pignon, Haiti to hold conferences for men, women, youth and kids camps. The teams are hosted by Hosean International Ministries. These teams provide multi-faceted outreach activities to improve local infrastructure expansion, training opportunities and materials. This year's Conference for Women highlighted Early Detection of Breast Cancer as a theme. The goals of the conference were to raise women's awareness of breast cancer, to emphasize the importance of early detection of abnormality in their breasts, to teach the basics of breast self-examination and to provide steps for seeking help through medical advice in their surrounding area. A group of nurses from Tallahassee, Florida, volunteered to assist local doctors in testing and educating women on breast cancer awareness. Volunteers Polly Spears and Maria Pye traveled with FAVACA support to Pignon, June 27-July 5, 2004, as part of the team. Over 500 women were given basic instruction over the course of the conference. In addition 25 health educators were given a more in-depth training in order to replicate the breast cancer awareness and self breast examination workshop in surrounding villages.
HAITI MINISTRY OF TOURISM PLANS TO BOOST TOURISM SECTOR. The Haitian's Ministry of Tourism requested FAVACA's assistance in finding a qualified volunteer to assist them in developing a regional master plan to exploit tourism destinations, and to describe ways of identifying international partners. On January 13-20, return volunteer Alan Woolwich, of Brevard County and former Senior Planner for the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, travel to Port-au-Prince to assist in devising this plan. He consulted with several members of keys areas in tourism Development. The aim of this meeting was to identify their needs and vision for Tourism in their region. Mr. Woolwich also brought ideas on projects for the key tourist regions, identifying and prioritizing their current and long range needs.
HAITIAN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP RECEIVES TRAINING IN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Tanguy Armand, President of the board for the Haitian Foundation for the Environment (FHE), contacted FAVACA in order to have an expert in the field of small business development to come and provide their expertise to nonprofit organizations in Haiti on business development, NGO strengthening, and grant writing. FHE and other participating organizations goals before the training were to find the necessary tools to help develop a business proposal to find international financing in order to help the local invest in small turbines that would be fueled by locally produced plant-oil. Suzanne Specht of the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and Tom Wallace of Independent Development Services Corporation both from Ft. Myers, Florida traveled to Haiti May 15-18, 2007 to provide a seminar for 15 individuals representing NGOs from throughout Haiti. Specht and Wallace were able to provide information on the importance of creating the mission and vision of an organization which if marketed correctly, would allow for potential donors to understand the importance of the organization. Instruction in fiscal management helped the participants understand the importance of transparency and good record keeping to create credibility and good faith for potential donors. Lastly, participants were taught how to write a grant and were giving the tools necessary to walk away with a potential bankable document that international donors would be able to comprehend and approve for funding.
SOUTHEASTERN TOWN IN HAITI RECEIVES SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING. Franz Merilus, operation manager of Fondation Camille et Sulette Merilus pour le Developpement d'Haiti (SOVEJE) (Save Eye, Inc.,) Jacmel requested assistance in small business management and operation training for various areas of the business community (i.e., agriculture, hospital administration, technology, and information systems). Volunteer Martin Nebojsic, who teaches small business management at the Florida Atlantic University, traveled to Haiti from August 5-8, 2000. Meetings were held with the business communities of Jacmel and Port-au-Prince to better assess their needs for the development of a business training program.
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GREAT OUTCOMES ENVISIONED FROM BEEKEEPING TRAINING The Regroupement des Jeunes de Mathurin, a non-for profit organization in Haiti sought beekeeping training to boost their production and increase sustainability of their hives. They requested FAVACA's assistance to help assess regional beekeepers needs and train more than fifty individuals mostly made up of members of the regional beekeeping association. Volunteer of the year award recipient Bo Sterk, Jacksonville, lead a group of three bee keepers to provide the training. Sterk has a decade of experience as a beekeeper and has focused on organic methods of pest control for the past 2 years. He was joined by Mr. Ray Chasser and Ms. Sophie Gekler who are private beekeepers in Miami, and who have previously worked with beekeepers to enhance quality and quantity, and to help develop a plan for honey production in the western region of Haiti. Traveling April 27-30, 2007 the team worked with fifty members of the association and taught ways to produce their own hive boxes.
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ECONOMIC POTENTIAL ASSESSED IN HAITIAN COMMUNITY. The USAID-Haiti office submitted a request from the Hatian Health Foundation (HHF) for FAVA/CA's assistance to conduct an economic assessment in the Grand Anse region to document its needs, constraints and advantages, and to outline a plan for economic development. The project objective was to meet with individuals and groups to: amass a variety of opinions about possibilities for economic development; assess economic development models that were successful in the past as well as possibilities for the future; make recommendations for follow-up steps to activate a workable economic development plan; and compile a document that can be utilized as a plan of action for economic development. This document would be used to engage philanthropists and business people to invest in ways that will improve the economic base of the region. Volunteer-consultants Guithele Ruiz, Pembroke Pines, and Marvin Dejean, Tamarac, traveled to Jeremie November 10-21, 2002, to conduct the assessment.