Job Skills Training
Ask Haitian people what Haitians need most and they will most likely answer “jobs.” The unemployment rate is said to be 40.6% and more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
There is a shortage of skilled laborers and an abundance of unskilled laborers. Very few people though can afford to attend a trade school or university and so as a result they are stuck in the cycle of poverty, often unable to provide for themselves and their families.
Project Living Hope offers job skills courses that educate locals, making them employable and empowering them to provide for their families.
Currently, we offer English courses, but in the future we plan to offer additional courses that will fit the community’s needs and the job opportunities. These may include auto mechanics, computers, construction, masonry, welding, culinary, and artisanal trades.
Our job skills programs employ Haitian instructors and also bring in volunteer instructors from the United States. Upon completing the programs, students will be placed in internship positions to further develop their skills. We also see a huge need for entrepreneurship and money management training courses and we hope to offer these soon. Do you have skills or interests in any of these areas and want to get involved? Email us. We'd love to get connected with you!
In January of 2018, we launched our adult English courses. Currently, we offer four classes which meet twice a week. These classes are taught by a Haitian teacher from Port-au-Prince, Gerald, and our admin assistant, Laura. There is such a demand for English classes in the area, however, and with so many people anxious to join, we are considering ways we can accommodate more classes in the upcoming school year.
English is a valuable skill in Haiti, providing job opportunities in hospitality, interpretation, administration, and education.
While all secondary students in Haiti receive English grammar instruction, a small percentage of Haitians have the opportunity to learn to speak and understand English. Haitians know that learning English could open up new doors of opportunities for them and many jump at the chance to learn English right in their community.