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 under or 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.
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 and character development to the people in Haiti that need it the most, those living in extreme poverty.