An education 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. It will also serve as a community hub, seeking sustainable systems to meet the basic needs of the community.
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.
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.
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.
10.7 million (35.9% under the age of 15) (World Bank, 2015)
10,715 sq mi
Year of Independence:
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)
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.
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)
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);
Estimated 150,000 – 500,000 children living in domestic servitude, or Restavek (subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses)