About the project
The project in rural Cabaret is the result of a community process that began in 1986. Local parents appealed to the director of the French hospital in the area to help them start a school for their children. Over the next few years, despite many challenges, they established a kindergarten, an elementary school and a high school. A vocational school was completed this year to expand educational and community development opportunities in the area.
How we help
Following a site visit in 2009 and consultations with the director, Mona Foundation adopted support of New Horizon School. Since then we’ve helped fund the building and equipping of a primary school, a high school and a vocational school. Additionally, a sustainable agriculture project to regenerate the land around the school, provide income for local residents and the school, and provide much needed products for Haiti was initiated with over 30,000 jatropha seedlings planted.
New Horizon has assured that their teachers are certified and has formed partnerships with other schools and organizations in Haiti to improve the quality of education. One such agreement is with Haiti Tec, a renowned vocational institute, to help develop curriculum for the vocational school and provide technical certification for New Horizon graduates which will improve their employability.
New Horizon’s vision is to create an educational complex that serves the needs of their community and prepares youth to participate in the future development of Haiti. They just completed a 5-year plan from 2010-2015 during which they built a primary school, high school classrooms and a vocational school.
Originally, the vocational school was intended to teach culinary arts. The vision expanded to include courses for the hospitality industry as a whole, construction, computing, A/C and refrigeration and agriculture, all much needed skills in Haiti. New Horizon has formed a new 5-year plan to carry out this next phase of development from 2016-2020, starting with computing and construction courses, and courses in a new trade added each year.
There is a critical need to provide professional training for women and girls and no opportunity for such training exists in the area currently. When women cannot provide for themselves, they tend to have early relationships with men and unwanted pregnancies. Economic independence for women is crucial to break this cycle. New Horizon also plans to offer vocational courses to the women of surrounding villages.
In Haiti, many teachers only have a few years of education beyond the grade they teach. At New Horizon, all teachers are certified including kindergarten staff. Many have completed a 3-year program at Ayiti Education, considered among the best teacher preparation programs in Haiti. Teachers at the secondary level have four years of university.
Served 368 students from K-12 with 99% graduation rate!
Built 4 high school classrooms and bathrooms.
Planted over 30,000 jatropha seedlings to protect the environment and produce income for the school.
Formulated its 5-year development plan.
2017 project goals
Install solar panels to ensure reliable electricity for the computer lab of the vocational training center.
Install 31 computers, desks, and chairs to begin computer vocational courses
Provide scholarships for 90 students
Build and equip a chemistry lab for the high school
Obtain books, furnish and fully equip the school library