ACLAPROTECH ACADEMY AND COMPASSION CLINIC

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

An education, healthcare, and community development initiative of Help One Now, ACLAPROTECH serves as a primary school and professional studies program for the Delmas community of Port-Au-Prince.

Compassion Clinic is a newly opened medical clinic that will serve the Port-Au-Prince area, focusing on the major issues of Hypertension and heart health.

It will also serve as a community hub, seeking sustainable systems to meet the basic needs of the community.

THE REALITY

As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 77% of its 10 million people living below the poverty line, Haiti struggles to take care of its most vulnerable population. In 2008, there was an estimated 440,000 true orphans (those without both parents) in the country of Haiti. After the devastating earthquake of 2010, estimates exceeded 500,000. Today, it is difficult to determine the true number of orphans in Haiti. Many other factors contribute to at risk children in Haiti. Parents may not be able to take care of their children because of social, cultural, economic, and/or related health issues. These at risk children are vulnerable to sex trafficking and child labor both in Haiti and across the border in the Dominican Republic. In fact, the 2013 Trafficking In Persons Report states that there are an estimated 150,000 – 500,000 Haitian children living in domestic servitude, subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses. 

There is a significant range of at risk children in Haiti. The children of Ferrier Village generally fall into two categories: those children vulnerable to serving as domestic servants in households, an arrangement commonly known as restavèk (literally, “living with”); and children trafficked for sex and labor across the border into the Dominican Republic. Since Ferrier is a border city, it is a prime location to rescue children in these vulnerable situations.

ABOUT HAITI

Population: 10.7 million (35.9% under the age of 15) (World Bank, 2015)

Area:  10,715 sq mi

Year of Independence:  1804

PEOPLE IN HAITI

Education:

  • Haiti’s adult literacy rate is 48.7%. Youth literacy rates are at 72.5%
  • Roughly 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will quit school before the sixth grade (Haiti Partners, 2016).

Health:

  • 63 year life expectancy
  • Infant mortality: 55 per 1000 births,
  • Estimated 130,000 people living with HIV.
  • Only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source (The Water Project, 2016);

POVERTY IN HAITI

Pop. Living In Poverty:  More than 6 million out of 10.4 million (59%) Haitians live under the national poverty line of US$ 2.42 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) live under the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day.

Orphan Pop.:  430,000 (have lost one or both parents due to all causes).  Approximately 110,000 children (ages 0-17) orphaned due to AIDS. (UNAIDS, 2016)

HIGH RISKS IN HAITI

Trafficking

  • Estimated 150,000 – 500,000 children living in domestic servitude, or Restavek (subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses)g.
  • 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

THE WORK

In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit the country of Haiti, leaving nearly 300,000 dead and 1.5 million displaced. It is estimated that after the earthquake, the number of orphans in the country rose to over 500,000. While these statistics are daunting and hard to verify, there’s no question that the after effects of the quake have continued to ripple through the country. This school lies directly beside the former site of Haiti’s largest “tent city,” assembled on the grounds of Haiti’s only golf course. Somewhere between60,000 – 100,000 people were forced to make this cluster of tents made from tarps and pieces of tin their home. Most of the people have since been relocated into more permanent housing, but the need for jobs and education is greater than ever.

ACLAPROTECH – The Academy for CLAssical, PROfessional, and TECHnical Studies – was founded and is managed by Pastor Jean St. Cyr, and his son Junior. The school began on a small scale many years before the earthquake, but the need for affordable education became even greater as many fled to the tent city for refuge. Pastor St. Cyr started a church in the middle of the tent city, and held services every night of the week for 7 months, and two nights a week for the past 5 years! He also continued the school in its original building, but the structure was badly damaged from the earthquake and was a potential danger in the long-term.

St. Cyr and his church have since been able to construct a new building that houses both the church and school. Right beside where the tent city once was, the church still works to meet the needs of those most affected by the quake. The school is now home to nearly 75 students and is working to become one of the highest quality schools in the area, as well as the most affordable.

In 2017, St. Cyr also launched the Compassion Clinic, a healthcare initiative that will serve some of the greatest medical needs in the Port-Au-Prince area, mainly Hypertension and heart helth. The clinic will be run by Dr. Magalie Surline, a highly trained doctor and specialist who is also the siter of Ferrier Village Director, Rosena Joseph.

THE FUTURE

The St. Cyrs passion for education and development do not stop at the primary school level. Over the next few years, we will work along side these leaders to open up a secondary school, as well as a vocational training center for the people of this community. We will also begin a clean water project that will provide safe and clean drinking water to the entire community at a fraction of what it now costs. These leaders want to see their people thrive, and we believe that it can be done through long-term relationships, meeting social needs, and a deep investment in quality education and job creation.

THE LOCAL LEADER

Pastor St. Cyr is the pastor of Eglise Baptiste Compasion de Christ and the headmaster of Aclaprotech Academy. Both were birthed out of JP1, a tent city that at one time held over 60,000 people that had been displaced by the earthquake. We are currently partnering with St Cyr in Delmas to empower and resource the teachers of Aclaprotech Academy.

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