It has been eight years since a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and reducing homes across the country to rubble. Unfortunately, this is far from the only tragedy that has rocked the county over the decades. Haiti, a breathtakingly beautiful country, is located in the Caribbean, putting it in prime hurricane territory. In fact, there have been over ten hurricanes and other tropical storms that have struck Haiti since 1998.
In Haiti, more than two-thirds of Haiti’s population live in rural areas where poverty is high, soil conditions are poor, and opportunities are few and far between.
uFondwa is seeking to make real change in the lives of these rural people. Our mission is to bring about the creation of wealth in rural Haiti through the education of the young men and women who live there. uFondwa is Haiti’s only rural university, located in the mountains, and we understand, respect, and seek to build on the knowledge and experience of the rural population.
These programs focus on the practical application of the knowledge and skills that the students acquire in class. Every student at uFondwa works within their home communities, engaging in community needs while respecting the knowledge and traditional values of Haiti’s peasant population.
Currently, only 1 percent of university-aged men and women in Haiti are able to attend a post-secondary program. By expanding that access through targeting rural areas and offering scholarships, uFondwa is able to create a brighter future for the children of Haiti, helping to lift them out of poverty and improving the standard of living in their communities.
70 percent of uFondwa students are currently working or volunteering in their field of study in Haiti, whereas at other Haitian universities, just 16 percent of graduates stay in the country. Homegrown talent is the key to changing the course of Haiti’s future, but we can’t do it alone.
Our organization relies on your kindness and generosity. Donating is easy. It only takes a minute of your time to sign up and your donation will be put directly toward scholarships for worthy students. You can choose to donate weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. One-time donations are also welcome.
With your donations, we can offer scholarships to more students and make an even bigger difference for the children of Haiti. Every dollar will contribute to uFondwa’s dream of creating a brighter future for all Haitians! Please donate today!