Our Vocational Training Story: Learn & Earn
Just after the 2010 earthquake, the Haitian unemployment rate rose to over 80%. Yet this only served to shake up a new determination to defeat satan’s evil scheme of severe poverty and break the chains that have bound previous generations.
We realized that not only did the country need to be re-built, but the Haitians’ lives re-built as well. The focus became clear…we would teach Haitians practical, construction-related vocational skills and equip them to build sustainable lifestyles.
For 4 years, CIDM served as an independent design and building contractor for organizations, foundations, churches and the private sector. Under the guidance of experienced and professional staff, Haitians had the opportunity to learn and be employed in building all aspects of complex structures such as orphanages and schools. Over 100 Haitians “earned as they learned” in the following American-standard skills: construction, masonry, concrete, wood & metal framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, interior finishes and engineering. Specialty work included a wood-working shop employed by deaf young men and a welding shop.
Learning these life-long skills, and sharing them with future generations has changed hundreds of Haitian families forever. No longer must they suffer from the lack of education and skill that results in severe poverty and a debilitating lifestyle. Now they are confidently empowered to obtain skilled employment, thus providing for their families’ needs in dignity.
“GIVE a man a fish and you’ve fed him for the day.
TEACH a man how to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”