Haiti: JRS aims to provide education
“Through the Jesuit Fe y Alegria network Haitian Jesuits are working to promote universal education in Haiti, a key necessity in helping to build a resilient and sustainable Haitian-led recovery,” said Fr Kenneth J Gavin, JRS USA Director.

While two Fe y Alegria schools already exist in the city of Ouanaminthe and Balan, the Jesuits of Haiti plan to open 17 new education centers that will educate youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds while providing teacher training to promote quality education. The Fe y Alegria school system is present throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and was designed to promote local capacity for a public education system. Traditionally Fe y Alegria opens schools in communities where schools are not present, arriving at an agreement with the local government to build and provide the infrastructure for a school and to provide formal training for teachers. The local government in turn pledges to begin to build an education system, commencing by committing to fund a portion of teacher salaries.

This video features two of the leading Jesuits in Haiti. Fr Kawas Francois SJ, is president of the Jesuit Interprovincial Committee for the Reconstruction of Haiti and founding member of the National Committee for Reflection and Action. Fr Wismith Lazard SJ, leads Jesuit Refugee Service in Haiti.

While continuing to maintain its presence along the Northeastern border, JRS Haiti is focusing its current relief efforts in the Port-au-Prince area, working in seven camps that serve the needs of more than 21,000 displaced people in and around the capital.