Learning practical skills to find and participate in meaningful work.

Darryl, a student in the Port-de-Paix sewing class, stitches a garment. Photo by Taylor Davis.

All people are made in the image of God - they have value and worth. Gifts and talents.

But in our world, not everyone gets the opportunity to use them. We’re changing that.

We’re giving Haitians the opportunity to learn a trade, through vocational training programs, that can change their lives, and their families' lives, forever. 

What is vocational training?

In the United States, and in some other countries, the term “vocational training” is sometimes cast in an unfavorable light - being seen as an acceptable route for people who aren’t “academics,” but second-rate to traditional university degrees.

However, the term “vocational” actually means “work-related.” So if you are doing a vocational training program, it means you are learning skills that will help you to get, and do, a job. 

Why Vocational Training Matters In Haiti.

In a place like Haiti, with its many challenges - including high rates of poverty and unemployment - vocational training offers students an opportunity for a more promising, and brighter, future.

We see vocational training as a sustainable, responsible solution:

  • Growing economic demand for skilled-workers
  • Lack of post-secondary education options
  • Fast-track to work, many times within a few months
  • Increased earning potential
  • Ability to support themselves and their families
  • Flexibility to start a business or work for an employer
  • Earn a skill for life that can’t be taken away

Work is a gift, and it’s part of God’s plan.

We believe God designed people to work. Work is not a curse, but rather a way we experience purpose, meaning, and joy. It’s what we were created to do!

Vocational training provides students with the practical skills, and the underpinning knowledge they need to find and participate in meaningful work to support themselves and their families. In other words, we're giving students a "hand up" not a "hand out."

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.
— Colossians 3:23