Greetings from Health for Haiti! At the request of the community in Grande Saline we recently expanded two of our most successful education programs. Computer classes with Mr. Eric remain one of the most popular offerings at the school in Grande Saline. With donated/refurbished laptops and content created by SUNY Broome students who are part…
Category: Bridge to Haiti
First Digital Literacy Class for Adults Held in Grande Saline
Health for Haiti and Bridge to Haiti have been helping to provided computer equipment and digital resources to children in urban and rural Haiti for some time now. We are pleased and proud to welcome our new computer literacy teacher in Grande Saline, Mr. Eric. Not only is Mr. Eric offering classes to the school…
Student Garden Yields Healthy Harvest
We are still dealing with plenty of winter weather in the Binghamton, NY area, but the sun is shining and the gardens are growing in Grande Saline. The tomatoes and okra planted by the 2018 Health for Haiti class are being picked and enjoyed by the school children in Grande Saline. There are beans and…
Technology Enhances Education in Grande Saline
The computer literacy program in Grande Saline, which started with one laptop powered by a gas generator in July 2014, has continued to expand and grow. Now, technology and computer classes are part of the graded curriculum at the primary school in Grande Saline. Students in all different grade levels enjoy computer classes taught by teacher,…
“Bridge to Haiti”: Computer Class Continues in Grande Saline
The children in Grande Saline continue to enjoy their computer literacy lessons and are becoming more and more comfortable in their computer use. The pictures below are from a class this week.The children are using three laptops donated by Geodis and SUNY Broome. The laptops were refurbished by the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP) and are currently powered…
Geodis Donates More Toughbooks for “Bridge to Haiti”!
Geodis has once again provided valuable equipment for the Bridge to Haiti program. John Yesensky and his team from Asset Recovery Operations at Geodis in Endicott have refurbished and donated thirteen more Panasonic Toughbooks to the program. Last summer, Geodis donated six of these rugged machines, the very first computers that Bridge to Haiti placed in…
Pall Corporation Donates Laptops to “Bridge to Haiti” Program
Thank you (once again) to the Pall Corporation in Cortland, New York! Today, the employees at Pall donated 35 (!) laptops to Health for Haiti’s “Bridge to Haiti” program. The used laptops were prepared and reformatted by Pall employee Rick Dorman, who worked on the laptops in his spare time. The computers were picked up at Pall in…
Update: Health for Haiti 2015 Projects
It has been a very busy and exciting few months for Health for Haiti. We have eighteen students registered for the 2015 course and we are raising money to fund our health clinics and other projects. We are also making plans for our January 5th departure to Haiti. Thanks to our amazing and generous corporate…
Health for Haiti Summer Update: Laptops and Clean Water
The 2014-2015 “Bridge to Haiti” project is off to a great start! Thanks to a generous donation of time and resources from Geodis and the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP), SUNY Broome’s ‘Health for Haiti’ was able to provide six refurbished Panasonic Toughbooks for schools and orphanages in Haiti.
The six laptops were distributed to four different locations in Haiti. The Home of Destiny orphanage (2), Coram Deo orphanage (1), La Feve school (2) and the community of Grande Saline (1).
It was amazing to see the excitement surrounding the Toughbooks. Each location is making plans to offer computer literacy classes using the materials provided by BDDP. Several lessons have already been translated into Haitian Creole by Shaina Louis, a SUNY Broome student who is from Haiti. Shaina will continue to work on the translations over the summer.
The laptop distribution is the first phase of an effort to set up solar powered computer labs in Haiti. The remote community of Grande Saline will receive at least 8 additional laptops in January, and plans are underway to construct a classroom for computer training. We are working hard to put plans in place to try to help establish Internet access and fund a teacher. (It costs about $150-$200 a month to pay a teacher’s salary in Haiti.)
In addition to providing children and young adults with the opportunity to acquire new skills, we hope to establish up a virtual “Bridge to Haiti” that will allow the SUNY Broome community to communicate with the people of Haiti. There are many opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning from each other.
We will be communicating with our four computer sites over the next six months and learning about how the computers are being used and what can be done to maximize their effectiveness for literacy training. We will also gather information that can be used by SUNY Broome students who can create additional training materials.
We are also looking to the future to build additional computer centers. There is a desperate need for computers and computer literacy training in Cite Soleil, so we hope to be able to assist them as well.
Along with our efforts to build a computer center in Grande Saline, we are also working with the Pall Corporation in Cortland, New York to bring this community of over 1000 families a water filtration system that can provide 10,000 gallons of clean water each day. The people of Grande Saline do not have access to clean water and often become ill from drinking contaminated river water.
One major challenge for both of these projects is to successfully transport the equipment to Haiti and to Grande Saline.
We will continue to make plans over the coming months with the hope that in addition to our health clinics and education activities, our 2015 Health for Haiti class will be able to help with the establishment of the computer center in Grande Saline, computer literacy training, and the installation of the water filtration system.