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rcs sCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
The new school building has a cost of $18 per square foot, for a building of 1200 sqft. The process to rebuild the new school is already underway. A goal has been set to complete the new school building by the end of May 2021.
TOTAL NEEDED: $21,600
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RCS has no electricity. To tackle this, we will be investing in solar lighting for the community, lighting walking paths, providing solar street lighting, solar charging stations for communication, a solar water pump to move water from the source to locations with easier access to water, and other solar technology that will make staying in their community and building it up more feasible.
RURAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT
The RCS community has no accessible roadways. The residents would greatly benefit from having a path that can at least be navigated by motorcycles, cutting their commute time, and making the possibility of community development more realistic. This project will focus on improving existing paths to make the possibility of motorcycle transportation within reach.
TOTAL NEEDED: $7,260
public restroom facilities
Utilizing the PBB construction method, our organization aims to construct four public restroom facilities, some of which will have showering rooms. The target area for these facilities for 2021 are in and around the RCS community, where houses do not have running water, and many do not have latrines. These facilities will provide a place for the residents to shower and restroom with dignity and privacy. It will also help keep the community sanitary and make it more welcoming for visitors.
TOTAL NEEDED: $22,000
ONE FACILITY: $5,500 X (4)
Literacy is critical to the success of an individual. The success of an individual is tied to the success of their family. The success of families is tied to the development of a community, and a community’s development is linked to the success of a nation.
Because a person’s life quality is directly linked to their economic situation, in order to improve their life quality, we must address their ability to read and write in their own language.
In Haiti, there is a language burden that the people carry starting at a very young age. They speak Kreyol, the national language of Haiti. However, they study in French, also the national language of Haiti, starting in Kindergarten. Interestingly, most of the business world operates in English. While there are many ways to tackle the heavy language-yoke placed on the backs of Haitians, at the present, learning English would benefit individuals in a substantial way, as it would open the possibilities for them to learn useful information that can transform their community.
TIMOUN AKOUNOUKA is a kids’ club program designed to allow children the opportunity to experiment theories they have learned in the classroom through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, known as STEAM Learning. The intended outcome of this program is to encourage exploration of engineering and technology that can address the problems within a community. Children are the future. We must invest in the children.
AKOUNOUKA’s approach to assisting families is made through an effort of finding a sustainable source of income for families to support themselves. Livestock is a major part of rural Haiti’s economy. Families may raise pigs, goats, cows or chickens in order to sell their offspring at the open market to pay for expenses. The livestock program will be initiated by purchasing livestock from the open market and placing them with screened, qualified families who have experience in raising livestock, but cannot afford to purchase them in bulk. Each month, one screened, qualified family will be accepted into the livestock program, to boost their livestock farming business. The goal of this program is to assist families in achieving economic stability that will produce long term results in a community.
CPR AND WATER SAFETY TRAINING
In August 2020, The Cancelita, a passenger boat capsized in a canal while transferring around 30 men, women and children between Latòti Island and St Louis Du Nord, Haiti. At least 17 individuals, mostly women and children, tragically lost their lives in the water. This was not the first incident of its kind. Just 2 years prior in 2018, a boat similar to The Cancelita capsized, with 12 fatalities. the goal of the CPR and Water Safety Training Program – to prevent senseless loss of life on the water due to lack of knowledge and/or resources. This program will start by training a network of local individuals who are willing to partner with AKOUNOUKA for this initiative. They will be trained in CPR, Swimming and Water Rescue Techniques. Once they have completed training, they will be sent to remote water communities to begin sharing CPR knowledge with locals.
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TOTAL NEEDED: $10,000
RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
A major problem that deters visitors from travelling to Haiti is its weak sanitation system. The streets are cluttered with garbage, which not only is an eye sore and nose sore, but also makes navigating the streets more dangerous, as large piles of garbage can block lanes of traffic, adding challenge to the already stressed transportation system. The majority of garbage is divided into three categories: organic waste (biodegradable food waste), plastics and Styrofoam. With our recycling program, we want to tackle two of the three waste challenges: organic waste and plastics. The goal of the recycling program is not only to obtain materials needed for PBB construction, but also to implement an effective model for waste management, to keep a majority of garbage out of the landfills.
AKOUNOUKA will host Natural Family Planning classes for women to learn BBT monitoring and how it relates to fertility. Additionally, we will provide classes for engaged couples, to educate them on how to safely prevent pregnancy and how to conceive easily when they are prepared to have children.
The organization will also hold classes for pregnant women and first-time mothers, to educate them on labor and delivery, pain management during labor, natural induction methods and how to have a healthy pregnancy to have a healthy baby.
This program will also address how to do self-check examinations to catch signs of hormonal cancers.
The microloan program is to help established vendors, farmers and livestock owners grow their businesses in a way that allows them to sell more per day or grow more per season, in order to increase their profit potential and gain a more sustainable income. The program will require vendors to pay back the microloan in local currency, and the farmers and livestock owners to repay their loan in goods.
These goods will be used to supply a wholesale club food pantry for the community, where items are sold at the farmer’s price without vendor mark-up. The program will recover the money loaned and recycle the funds into another microloan.
The goal of this program is to help farmers, vendors and livestock owners, while helping families in need be able to stretch their funds by purchasing products at a wholesale club price. Families will be required to register for the wholesale club in order to purchase at the discounted pricing.
PRISONERS' SKILLS TRAINING
The Second Chance Program will utilize basic skills training programs like plumbing, electrical and PBB construction offered by AKOUNOUKA and partner with prisons to train prisoners set to be released in less than 3 months. The goal of this program is to curb the repeat offender rate, ultimately making communities safer, and at the same time, transforming the lives of former criminals.
The community gardening program is an initiative that starts with seed collection. In 2021, AKOUNOUKA will use this program to start planting fruit tree seedlings. Once they have reached growth to be transplanted, trees will be planted throughout communities to provide free tree foods to residents.
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH EDUCATION
This program will hold community meetings to educate young and old about natural, healthy living, reduction of certain food intakes to reduce high blood pressure, and managing diabetes through diet if someone has already been diagnosed with diabetes.
Since most parts of Haiti lack ambulatory services, It will also address first aid care, in case a member of the community is injured and needs immediate treatment.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CLASSES
Job skills training does not always lead to jobs. However, if trained to see every problem as an opportunity, job skills training can lead to self-employment. There is a need for job skills training in Northern Haiti, and courses that promote business concepts.
In 2021, our organization aims to teach vocational skills and how those skills can be used to solve the problems within a community.