The CADIS project to support post-Covid resilience building in Haiti is coming to an end. Launched on April 5, 2021, the project is part of a framework of solidarity with vulnerable populations in the municipality of Croix-des-Bouquets with the goal of helping people better cope with the post-Covid period.
Over the two years of the project's implementation, students at the Foyer Saint Camille Hospital training center, coordinated by Fr. Robert Daudier, MI, acquired new knowledge and professional skills in the areas of sewing, pastry and cooking, and cosmetology. The courses were possible thanks to the participation of the best professionals from the different fields in training the students.
In general, more than 92 percent of the beneficiaries were female, as cosmetology and cooking/pastry are generally reserved for women in the country.
Over the two-year period, the project trained 150 young people in sewing, 144 in cosmetology, and 193 in cooking and baking. Of these young people who received training, 9 were chosen to launch their own project with a loan from the gain on the exchange rate.
A major obstacle to the proper implementation of the project was that related to security. Indeed, for months the cities of Haiti and the capital Port-au-Prince have been besieged by armed groups sowing violence and fear among the population. Inevitably, project implementation has also stalled: it is dangerous to even drive from one location to another, risking running into checkpoints controlled by armed gangs. Project activities have been curtailed and it has not been possible to reach some communities to start training or distribute materials to schools, churches, which are often closed precisely because of the high level of insecurity in certain areas.
In general, because of these critical issues, activities were directed toward the social component to cover the costs of hospitalization for the disabled, mothers after childbirth, malnourished children and some HIV-positive patients.
The balance of the two-year project is positive: the first phase (April-September 2021) trained 137 young people, including 43 in sewing, 44 in cosmetology and 50 in cooking and baking. The second session (October 2021-April 2022) welcomed 204 beneficiaries, including 69 in cooking, 64 in sewing, and 71 in cosmetology. The third and final session, which started in April 2022 through December, had 250 applicants, including 100 in cooking/pastry, 84 in sewing, and 66 in cosmetology.
All beneficiaries, at the end of each session, received a diploma of participation during the concluding Mass of Thanksgiving at the Notre Dame de la Santé chapel.
At the conclusion of the project, Fr. Robert Daudier, MI, thus expresses his gratitude for the success of this course, "Thanks to these activities we were able to save so many resilient young people from idleness, through vocational training during which we had the opportunity to educate them on a human and professional level. The goal is to make them more responsible and mature. With the problem of insecurity, they might be influenced by the gang phenomenon. But we offer them jobs to help them in the future. In fact, after the training, some of them have found employment, others have taken initiatives to organize activities. It is very helpful for all participants. Also, we are doing advocacy to figure out how to renew the project to reach more families and meet their basic needs."