Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for the most vulnerable Haitian families for the purpose of empowering them with skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to boost themselves out of poverty and oppression.
About Partners in education Haiti (PieH)
PieH was founded in 2011 after a small group of individuals traveled to Haiti to help with disaster relief following the 2010 earthquake. While there, they listened to Haitian parents living in a tent city. “Nou vle timoun nou yo edike.” “We want our children educated” was the common theme among parents. This request was above all other needs of which there were many including clean water, housing, food, medical care and work. The group of travelers shared this story upon their return to the United States, and PieH (then called Love Haiti) was established. Haiti can be a difficult culture to work in to provide aid, partly due to ongoing political and socio-economic corruption. To avoid these issues, PieH does not fund through government agencies or other Not for Profit Organizations, opting to work directly with the students and schools in order to stay accountable for how PieH funds are allocated.
How We Operate
PieH employs a Haitian Program Assistant who works closely with the students, their families, and school administrators, tracking the progress and needs of all PieH students. He provides weekly reports for the PieH team in the states. In addition, PieH members visit the students and schools at least twice a year for continued conversation and program development. PieH works year-round to raise funds for student tuition, books, uniforms, teacher aid, and special assistance in the event of unexpected emergency situations. Students are responsible and accountable to perform well in school and make continued progress. Parents are accountable for encouraging their children to study and attend school. Again, no funds are distributed through government agencies or other not-for-profits.
PieH Program Assistant
Orvilus Edome joined the Partners in education Haiti (PieH)Team as the Program Assistant in December 2015. In this role, Edome acts as an advocate for PieH students and their families. He is the liaison between students and their school administrations, their families, and the PieH Board of Directors. His primary objective is ensuring all aspects of the well-being of the PieH students. To accomplish this objective, the program assistant meets regularly with students and their families and provides updates for the U.S. PieH members. He makes recommendations for new students, serves as an advisor for existing students, assures that students have books and supplies needed for a successful year and participates in PieH program development. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the program in Haiti. Edome is certified in Computer Science and is a part-time professor of Computer Sciences at a Haitian Technology school in Delmas, holds a Bachelor of Science in Theology, and is an ordained pastor. Edome was born and raised near Kenscoff, Haiti. He and his wife are raising their four children, three boys and one girl. He is an involved and devoted husband and father.
News & Student Stories
Partners in Education Haiti is a not for profit 501(c)(3). Donations are tax deductible.
Haiti is a complicated country with a proud and often difficult history. It occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic, and is 10,714 square miles in area, slightly smaller than the state of Maryland with double the population at 11 million. Like the U.S., Christopher Columbus stumbled onto the Caribbean island in 1492, and, like the U.S. the indigenous people (Taino natives) were decimated by violence and disease by the new invaders until nearly extinct. The Europeans imported large numbers of enslaved Africans to toil in profitable sugar plantations, making Haiti one of the wealthiest colonies in the world at the time. Unlike the U.S., the slaves revolted (1791-1804) for the purpose of ending slavery, maintaining freedom, and establishing the sovereign state of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution is the only slave uprising that led to the formation of a sovereign state led entirely by former slaves.Haiti became the first independent nation in the Caribbean, the second democracy in the western hemisphere, and the first black republic in the world. Since the revolution, Haiti has struggled with external and internal dilemmas. The revolutionary war destroyed nearly all of the country’s colonial infrastructure and production capabilities. Then, it was shut out of the world economy, with embargoes from the U.S. and Europe.It was saddled with debt by its former masters, the French, making it impossible for them to recuperate. The discrimination against Haitians has continued until the present day.
Haiti has been plagued by despotic rule and political instability for much of its tenure as an independent state. From 1957 to 1971, Francois Duvalier and his son Jean Claude replaced Haiti’s rule of law with violence and fear. Today, Haiti is a semi-presidential republic, a democracy with a multiparty system wherein the President of Haiti is head of state elected by popular elections. The Prime Minister acts as head of government and is appointed by the President. Although there is an election process, only 18% of Haitians vote and the process is considered by many as corrupt. The political stability is fractured by bouts of social disorder, military coups, gang violence, and interference from other countries. Haiti has also been beaten with natural disasters, the most recent being the 2010 earthquake that killed around 300,000 people and left over a million people homeless. Currently, the country is in a crisis situation with an upheaval among citizens attempting to oust its president, Jovenel Moïse, over the shortage of fuel and other resources. The country has been paralyzed for months.