Empower the people, truly
Giving Haiti the power to overcome its challenges is not just about schooling. Our students gain skills that are relevant for their career and the development of their community. And because we want it to last, we ensure that our institutions are run and maintained locally.
With nearly half of the population in rural areas, schools are not accessible to everyone. Our itinerant teachers meet the students right where they live, everyday.
We do not leave children behind and offer medical assistance. For many of them, the meal they get at school is the only one of the day.
Close the gap
Sufficient technologies are necessary for Haiti to retain its talents. Giving students access to IT resources and connecting them to the World is something we do because we know it is important.
Green energies help us bring power where it is needed and support our vision of long term sustainability.
Meet the USA Team
• Jean-Marie Roussel
• Daniel Turiel
• Laetitia Gilot
ACTEC Leader for Haiti
Partners in Haiti
• EPSM Foundation
• Salesian Sisters of Haiti
• Haiti Futur
• Filles de Marie Auxiliat.
Partners in EU
• European Commission
• Belgian Government
Where we come from
It all started when Claire Mahee and Dominique Fraigneux, two Belgian teachers, arrived in Haiti in 1972, as missionaries for the poor. Upon arrival, the two teachers opened a small orphanage. Appalled by the poverty of the country, they founded "Les Mains Ouvertes” (The Open Arms) and a literacy center, which, in 1977, was already home to hundreds of students.
Faced with growing needs, they created four schools thanks to the generous donors who supported them in their fight against poverty.
Simultaneously, a school for instructors was also open: girls receive general training and intense educational instruction. This allows the transfer of the management of the four centers to local Haitian staff.
Before returning to Belgium in 1985, the two teachers transferred the daily management of the schools to religious congregations and local officials. From Belgium and the United States, volunteers from the association perpetuate the admirable work of the two founding sisters, gathering support for the organization.