The world gets harder and harsher particularly for people who are ill-educated or who possess no technical skills. Unfortunately, the Haitian community in the United States and in other parts of the world experiences such a fact of life daily. Most Haitians who migrate to other countries are either ill-educated or possess no technical skills. Moreover, even when they migrate to countries that facilitate access to free or affordable education, taking into account that they received little to no education from their homeland along with the economic conditions that gave them chase, school seems to be their last priority. As a result, they are forced to enter the workforce as low level laborers. Furthermore, the few who professed to be somewhat educated or possess technical skills which they barely grasped or understood the practical use of concepts learned also often find themselves entering the work force of other countries at entry level with compensation that can barely sustain their basic economic needs.
ALPAM believes that until a better education system is put in place on the island, Haitians as a group will continue to be at the bottom of the pit economically. ALPAM believes that Haiti’s school system, which is a reflection of the impoverished state of mind of the nation, is the ogre. Educating the youth of Haiti is left in the hands of private citizens using any physical structure that can accommodate large numbers of children without government supervision, let alone a concerted curriculum. Most school owners can barely read or write. They have very little interest in the quality of teachers employed and care very little for the level of education that the students receive. They provide little comfort conducive to learning. The classrooms are often too dark, making it hard for students to see the board, or always way too hot for students to adequately absorb what is being taught. To worsen the learning experience, the classrooms are overcrowded with sitting arrangements that would inflame animal rights groups of other countries. Yet, human rights organizations in Haiti seldom speak about such inhuman conditions that students, with unaffordable monthly tuitions that escalate every year, must endure.
Most schools have no electrical wirings, no laboratories permitting the students to conduct science experiments, no computer labs, no recreational rooms or gymnasium. It begs the question how do you stir up students’ imagination or interest in the sciences or in learning period? Oddly, those same students when placed in different learning environments often excel.
The conditions set forth above are what ALPAM seeks to address. We are an organization created in Haiti on January 12, 2014 but incorporated under the laws of the state of Florida in 2016 and recognized as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit by the federal government of the United States of America in that same year.
Our mission is to improve lives through education, health promotion and job creation. Our immediate purpose is to bring to standard the educational system of Haiti, while creating a new class of highly skilled and trained technicians and professionals who can transition easily from their learning environments into the work field.
ALPAM is created to also provide a platform to all underserved and underprivileged communities to share their experiences. We provide support and guidance to facilitate the publication of literary works which encompass education, culture, health, history and science. While ALPAM encourages and promotes the work of women, it remains a gender neutral service organization. We strive to create a more equitable world with the proliferation of literary works produced by communities whose voices, to date, are yet to be heard and whose concerns are yet to be considered. We seek to promote the commonalities that make us one race: the human race. Our quest is to help erase the myths of distinctions and differences that continue to breathe life into schisms and foster the illusion of one group’s claim of being superior to justify its policies of inequality, injustices and entitlements to everything of value that the earth houses.
ALPAM welcomes all who share its vision of building a world that honors the past, respects the present and prepares for the future.