AIR Expands Its Directory of Organizations Addressing Haiti’s Education Needs
Washington, D.C. – The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has updated and expanded its free online directory of non-governmental groups in Haiti engaged in improving the nation’s primary and secondary education. The directory now includes additional organizations that are providing assistance following the earthquake that devastated the country earlier this year.
The directory, Supporting Education in Haiti: A Directory of Civil Society Organizations Working in the Education Sector in Haiti, was developed and funded by AIR in response to a call by former President Bill Clinton, United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, for better communication and coordination of activities among non-governmental groups trying to help a country challenged by some of the worst poverty in the Western Hemisphere.
Following the devastating earthquake of January 2010, the need for coordination became even greater. More than 4,000 schools were destroyed during the earthquake, or approximately 90 percent of the education system in the earthquake affected areas.
AIR’s directory, available in French and English and distributed in print to all civil society organizations on the ground in Haiti, fills an important role facilitating coordination in the sector. The directory has also been made available to many development organizations working to improve education in Haiti from their offices around the world. Because the number of local and international organizations working in Haiti has increased following the earthquake, the directory has been expanded to contain information about 113 organizations. Most organizations in the directory are concentrated in the urban areas of Port-au-Prince, Gonaïves, Cap-Haïtien, Saint-Marc, Les Cayes, and Petit-Goâve.
AIR will continue to update the directory and welcomes suggestions for additional organizations to be included.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit www.air.org.