Adult Literacy

This particular program  focuses on the community of Fon Batis in the communal section north of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The area was the site of the very first literacy pilot undertaken from 2001-2003. Members of approximately 7 cooperatives were the beneficiaries. Viewed as “ risky but innovative” the pilot was funded at the time by the then-known Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In the FIDA/pcH model, literacy is offered as a benefit to invested shareholders of a cooperative. It is a choice by members to participate. To our astonishment, membership in cooperatives tripled! The 7 cooperatives are at various levels of functioning representing approximately 3000 members, many of whom joined following 2003 and not had the benefit of literacy. In some case, husbands who declined literacy on the basis of ego, have seen the transformation of their wives and now express an interest in participating.

Total current registration for literacy 2020 is 1,561 (Men = 577/Women = 984). In Year one, only two of three levels will be offered; 1,231 (Men = 476/Women = 793) participants have been pre-tested for Level I; 296 (Men = 105/Women = 191) participants have been pre-tested for Level II. The cooperatives will select 75 locations to serve as the educational “centres”.

The objective of the  program is to strengthen the capacity of women and men farmers to enable greater trust, confidence and self-awareness for the greater benefit of families and the community. The program offers a three-level curriculum in Kreyòl with each level being a nine-month term and covers the following areas of learning:

  • Knowledge and application of the notions of oral communication, written and artistic
  • Knowledge and application of essential concepts in mathematics
  • Knowledge and skills in experimental sciences
  • Knowledge, awareness and skills related to their environment
  • Knowledge and ability in protection of the environment
  • Knowledge and ability in business management
  • Ability to transfer skills and to create wealth
  • Knowledge and ability to respect the rights of others and to perform civic duties responsibly
  • Capacity to transmit learned values
  • Ability to exercise decision-making power within groups and/or community
Term: 2021-2024
Cost: $583,224 CAD
Funder/Partner: Jim and Lorna Blair Foundation, Significant Anonymous Donor
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Mobile Clinic Extension

This is a one year mobile clinic extension program servicing five additional areas where FIDA/pcH has invested in cooperative formation. It is privately funded with intent to assess the capacity of the respective communities in terms of scaling up the concept of the Fon Batis pilot.

Cost: $120,000 CAD
Term: 2020-2021
Funder/Partner: Significant Anonymous Donor



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pcH Community Transformation

This is a three year project funded by World Renew (approx $42,000 USD) in the community of Goget in Grand Anse Department. The community initiatives are conducted by the KPG Cooperative focused largely on yam production and storage. The objectives of the project include training on seed treatment, storage techniques, etc for the purpose of improving crop production and yields. 

Cost: $42,000 USD
Term: 2020-2023
Funder/Partner: World Renew


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Zoranger Agriculture

This is an 18 month project funded by Premier Equipment Ltd, a John Deere Dealership based in Elmira, Ontario. Located in the Zoranger area in the West Department the objective is to establish two seed producing nurseries of significant varieties that will contribute to the economic  advancement of the cooperatives as well address reforestation.  Varieties will include cedar, tamarind, soursop, avocado , papaya and mango and training in seed replication and grafting methods.

Cost: $53,000 USD
Term: 2020-2021
Funder/Partner: Premier Equipment Ltd.


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Lescave Post Matthew Economic Recovery

The project aims to facilitate post-hurricane economic recovery and contribute to sustainable livelihoods of the most vulnerable families of the Duchity Communale Section of the Pestel region, in the area of Lescave and Gorgette. The project will constitute an initiative founded on the holistic, people-centered development approach. It is designed to   empower communities and avoid creating dependency by progressively strengthening the community capacity to be able to sustain processes of endogenous development. It is now widely acknowledged that an integrated approach that deliberatively develops on the inherent synergy between stakeholders is an essential element for achieving internationally agreed upon social and economic development goals.

The primary objectives of the project are:

  • to assist the most vulnerable and most affected families to recover their livelihoods, and improve agricultural production
  • to reinforce the capacity of local cooperatives local cooperatives to produce high quality seeds by initiating production and promoting local seed banks
  • to promote community resilience building and reinforce local food security system by way of a model garden concept
  • To address issues of environment and climate change adaption by facilitating farmer-led innovation around good agricultural practices, rainwater management, and promotion of an adapted agricultural system that will serve to reduce soil and gully erosion, greatly improve agricultural production, and ensure medium and long-term food security for participating families.
Cost: $221,955 USD
Term: October 2019-September 2021
Funder/Partner: TearFund Netherlands/World Renew


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Cooperative-based Health Services Pilot

This project is a three year pilot in Fon Batis, West Department. It intends to explore the possibility of delivering a cooperative-based health care service that meets the needs of a rural population and wherein the community has the capacity to support the services they so desire and not be dependent on foreign aid or the Ministry of Health. There are nine pcH-related cooperatives in the Fon Batis area representing about 3000 cooperative members.  At a proposed annual fee of 4,300 GDE or $60 USD, this has the potential to translate into about $198,000 USD per year to support health care services once the system has been established. Additional support is achieved by charging a slightly higher fee to non-cooperative members (4,500 GDE) as well as lab fees.

The pilot is expected to demonstrate that agricultural cooperatives that practice the Seven Principles of Cooperative and whose members have had access to literacy have the greatest potential to support a health service system that meets their needs. Along with a achieving numerous preventative care results, the pilot aims to improve access to first level health services within the community that includes availability of essential medications, lab services and innovative telehealth technology such as as ultrasounds, EKG, dermascopes, otoscopes, etc.

Term: 2019-2022
Cost: $600,000 CAD
Funder/Partner: Semiahmoo Rotary Club , Rotary Club of Mississauga, Rotary Club of Whitby,  Cambridge North Rotary Club, Ron and Christie Bowen, Cornerstone Payment Systems, Significant Anonymous Donor


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Hope Community Project

The purpose is to undertake an EBRA (French Acronym for Evaluation of Needs and Resources for Learning) in two communities to assess the technical performance and capacity of broiler production and the potential for economical development through the establishing of a cooperative business. The project includes the training of Hope Community staff in participatory methodology, cooperative formation and establishment, construction of coops and training in broiler production, credit, and an adult literacy program.

Cost:  $150,000 USD
Term: 2017-2020
Funder/Partner: Hope Community Project


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Kreyòl Garden

An industry driven agroforestry model for agricultural revitalization in Grand Anse post Hurricane Matthew. This project is a pilot that aims to establish a new model of agro-forestry in Haiti to improve household and livelihoods of members of two agricultural cooperatives. The Kreyòl Garden model embraces the concept of producing tree, orchard, and annual crop species on each plot of land while restoring natural ecological processes. This approach reduces the biological and economic risks associated with single commodity agriculture. The pilot intends to see cooperative producers have improved access to agricultural inputs and enhanced skills in agricultural practices. Furthermore, there will be an enhanced understanding of environmental restoration and conservation techniques. The pilot anticipates there will be significant environmental benefit that will have established a viable growing stock with measurable diversity which will contrast with other agro projects.

The pilot will engage 300 select cooperative members of two rural communities currently struggling at a subsistence level, to participate in a model and innovative agroforestry project. The 300 members plus their families representing over 1500 men, women and children respectively will be the direct recipients of the nutritional and economic benefits of the pilot during its establishment. Indirect beneficiaries include 3000 cooperative members in three communities plus their families (15,000). The project is designed to be scalable for every cooperative farmer to employ on their land space as a living example for others.

Cost:  $855,197 CAD
Term: 2017-2020
Funder/Partner: Hope International Development Agency (HIDA), Foresters for Haiti, Premier Equipment Ltd., Gaylea Foundation


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