What does it mean to live in extreme poverty?
Right now, just a two hour flight from Miami, there are thousands of men, women and children in Haiti suffering and enduring the pain and heartache of extreme poverty and lacking hope. Many organizations are treating the consequences of extreme poverty, but what is needed is a long-term solution to reduce Haiti’s dependence on foreign aid and to restore hope for a better future. Over 60% of Haitians live on less than $2 a day and 70% are unemployed. Parents can’t afford even the most basic housing or to send their children to school. They watch their children go hungry as they can only feed them once a day. Many children are malnourished and die from preventable diseases.
Above image shows Extollo graduates employed at Port Lafito construction project.
The solution is not a new idea, it’s thousands of years old.
Our approach is based on the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a life-time.” For the past five years, Extollo International has been developing and implementing a program that teaches Haitians how to care for themselves. Using the apprenticeship approach of “learning while earning and learning by doing”, Extollo combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training and supervision. Haiti has a need for skilled construction workers at the journeyman and contractor level. Extollo is meeting this need by teaching employable skills to the people in Haiti that need it the most, those living in extreme poverty.
Now we are ready to scale up with the new Extollo Training Center, which will increase our capacity to train tenfold.
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Why Create yet Another
Non-profit in Haiti?
Hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid have been poured into Haiti for many, many years, yet it remains the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.
Needs to be Done
The construction industry can and should be a very strong economic stimulus to any economy but Haiti’s construction industry is in total disrepair. Haitians are not being properly trained to build to earthquake and hurricane standards. To tackle this seemingly insurmountable task, you need an organization and people who come from a successful and proven construction industry.
We are builders. Extollo’s Founder and its Director of Training are both active California General Contractors, each having built millions of square feet of commercial structures in compliance with some of the strictest building standards in the world, from residential homes, food packing plants, hi-tech manufacturing facilities in the Silicon Valley and everything in between. Many of our volunteers are Journeymen Craftsmen or hold Contractor Licenses.
Bringing this level of experience into the hands-on operation of our training programs is the difference Extollo can provide.
so Haitians can