Project information

Training for 160 Adult Learners

Give more than 160 students the skills they need to find work and a road out of poverty!


Charity information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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  • Need


    In Haiti, more than 50% of the population lives on less than $1. 25 a day, and fewer than one in 50 adults is in formal employment. Without a steady job, escaping poverty is almost impossible.


    While there is massive unemployment in Port au Prince, there is also actually a shortage of skilled labour. English is a very desirable skill which opens doors to jobs in hotels, restaurants, and with NGOs. The English in Mind Institute teaches English for free to any adult who wants to attend. This Haitian led school employs six teachers and one administrator who provide classes for more than 160 students. Our waiting list also includes more than 200 individuals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help adults in poverty develop the skills they need to find work


    » Provide English language education to an international standard
    » Certify results of passing exams
    » Provide extra help for students preparing for exams and interviews

    Students take exams demonstrating their learning and annual surveys. Additionally, students provide regular updates on how their language skills are affecting their lives.

  • Impact


    By investing in students' ability to find work, the school’s impact will be permanent. With the skills the school teaches them, they’ll be able to find long-term work and use that income to send their children to school, repair their homes, and invest in their own communities.


    As our programme is Haitian led, there is a risk that funds could be funneled away from the school. We address these concerns by requiring receipts and witnessed financial statements for all funds sent to Haiti. We also send outside staff to Haiti to visit the programmes at least twice a year.


    All IDV donors receive quarterly updates detailing our programme’s successes and challenges. Larger donors can also request special updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,501

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,119 Haitian Staff This pays our teachers' salaries
      £4,839 Project Delivery Costs This includes computing, internet, and all school supplies and books
      £2,543 UK Costs This includes costs of fundraising, monitoring trips, and UK staff costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Assorted donations £4,000 Guaranteed
    Grant £300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project takes place in Port au Prince, Haiti. Port au Prince suffers from high unemployment with two thirds of adults lacking a steady job. As a result, more than half of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day. Such figures have been further devastated by the effects of the January 2010 earthquake on the area.


    This project will benefit more than 160 adults living in poverty who want to develop new skills and increase their employability.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our model of inclusive, community based disaster recovery means that we work closely with survivors to understand their needs and build long-term, local solutions. This project meets two of the community’s key needs: jobs and education for children. Because of our close ties with the community, we have been able to develop programmes which build on existing community efforts and empower community leaders. Our prorgrammes are now 100% community based and Haitian led.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    IDV CEO Andy Chaggar

    As a survivor of the 2004 tsunami and a Master’s recipient, Andy has a unique understanding of disasters and the needs of survivors.

    School Administrator Brunel Zamor

    Haitian community Organiser and trained accountant, Brunel takes responsibilities for the day to day running of the school.

Thanks for all your help

Thanks for all your help


Pays a Haitian teacher's salary for one month

English is the language commercial in Haiti. It consider is needed for a professional job… [with English] I can find a job, do the courses in school.

Elementary Student Eddy Jean