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Impact Report - January 2023


 

New Level 1 Curriculum Added

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Automotive Maintenance & Repair

  • Haitian Creole Electrical (updated)

The Alumni Association sent nine applications to a partner organization for a three month masonry project.


Why it matters: Finding employment in Haiti is very difficult, even after graduating from a Level 1 Training. Even if graduates are fortunate enough to find employment, the current minimum wage is only 500 Haitian gourdes for an 8-hour day, which converts to $4.83 a day, or 60 cents an hour in U.S. currency. Finding work for an International organization usually ensures wages well above minimum wage.


Going Deeper: Extollo's Alumni Association stays in contact with graduates and acts as a liaison between other businesses and organizations looking for skilled workers. Last year, the program hosted over 30 alumni for a Job Search Workshop. Human Resource expert, Rose Medard, explained to participants how to network to find work opportunities, how to prepare a resume, and how to interview. We also had two guest engineers from local construction companies who responded to interview questions during the workshop. The Q&A helped to illustrate to participants what employers are looking for in an entry-level worker when hiring onto a construction site.


Extollo leadership had the opportunity to attend two conferences recently: (NAAHP - National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals and the WOC - World of Concrete) allowing us to network with and build numerous meaningful relationships.

Extollo continues to distribute drinking water to the local community.


Why it matters: Extollo's vision 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.” However, there are times when relief aid is necessary due to natural disasters or civil unrest. This is one of those times, and we are grateful to be in a position to meet some basic water needs of those around us.

Going Deeper:

  • Most of the gang violence and unrest is contained to the capital city of Port au Prince.

  • The Extollo Training Center is located about 25 miles northeast of the capital.

  • It is still dangerous to travel on the main roads, especially with equipment and supplies.

  • Haiti continues to have a Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory due to "kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest."

  • Follow the US Embassy in Haiti for more up-to-date information on the security situation in Haiti



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