YMCA d' Haiti currently serves youth and adults in Port au Prince, Laboule, Kenscoff, Camp Perrin, Croix des Bouquets and Marchand Dessalines. Its programs are offered to 6,000 youth and adolescents, and indirectly impacts 30,000 people across 6 different communities in Haiti.
Building upon YMCA d'Haiti's success with its first 6 centers, a group of volunteers from Ridgewood YMCA and Wells Mountain Volunteers will build the seventh YMCA Community center in Caracol, in Northern Haiti, enabling YMCA d'Ha?ti to serve 1,000 additional people in the Caracol community.
The new YMCA will provide children, youth and adults with access to afterschool programs, a library, computer classes, internet, movies, sports camps, and activities similar to those offered through the other 6 facilities in Haiti. In addition to these activities, YMCA d'Haiti will offer opportunities such as day camps, summer camps, and community service programs to teach leadership skills, and Cabins of Hope, an exchange program run in partnership with the YMCA of Greater New York in which 10 individuals under the age of 15 travel to New York. YMCA d'Haiti also awards a Peace Medal to an artisan of peace to celebrate the individuals' dedication to his community.
The land on which to build the center was offered by Jean Mirvil of SAE-A to YMCA d'Ha?ti.
The plan is designed by Architect Phil Wells.
The foundation is being implemented on the site.
The two containers to be retrofitted into a community center are already purchased and will be transported from Port-au-Prince to Caracol the first week of September, 2014.
From September 14 to 21, 2014, a group of 12 volunteers from Ridgewood YMCA and Wells Mountain Foundation will travel to Caracol to help build the 7th YMCA Community center in Caracol, thus enabling YMCA d'Ha?ti to serve 1,000 more people in the Caracol community.
After the volunteers' departure in September 2014, Haitian workers will continue the work with plumbing, electricity, painting, furnishing, etc.
Staff will then be trained in YMCA d'Ha?ti headquarters in Port-au-Prince and hired so they could start delivering the community services according to the standards developing by YMCA d'Ha?ti with the help of its partners: US YMCA and Canada, Quebec YMCA and other international YMCAs.
YMCA d'Ha?ti, like all YMCAs around the world, respects all genders and religions. Girls and boys are equal in their participation in the YMCA.
YMCA d'Haiti's system of controlling, reporting and measuring is established and being polished via training we receive from our partners YMCA IN Canada and in the United States.
YMCA D'Ha?ti is part of a worldwide community service organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. YMCA D'Haiti believes that strong communities are possible only when there is a sustainable investment in children and health.
The centers established by YMCA d'Ha?ti work to improve the quality of life in targeted communities. Issues such as unemployment, health, access to quality education, poverty, negative youth behaviors and quality of family life affect the strength of the communities. To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing support, encouragement and connections to others. The Centers ensure that regardless of age, income or background, those within the targeted communities have the opportunity to learn and grow.