OUR MISSION

  • To provide basic level human services such as education and health care.
  • To provide Preschool through Grade 13 education and health education.
  • To support volunteers through the maintenance of our residence/guesthouse in Thomassin.
  • To advance employment and self-sustainability through our Excelsior Technical Institute educational enterprise that trains Haitians to help rebuild their communities.
  • To assist our clinic and school staff in reducing illnesses, and in promoting the development of forums that provide public health education.

According to the World Health Organization, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. The average person lives to be 64 years old; compared to 73 in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and 78 in nearby Cuba, and 79 in the United States. It is a nation where unemployment is at 40 percent and half of the nation’s population lives on less than $1 a day.  Through committed partnerships and service that empowers, FLM-Haiti believes Haitians can rise above such statistics. We believe the future of Haiti lies in her own people, and we encourage literacy and other skills that empower Haitians to seek or create employment, making it possible for them to sustain themselves, thrive, and raise their children to be healthy, productive citizens.

  • Education drives much of FLM-Haiti’s mission. In 1989, L’ecole Mixte Devese Pamphile was opened and has grown to a Preschool through Grade 13 school in Thomassin; and provides daily hot lunches to more than 600 boys and girls.
  • Upon passing the government exam after completing Grade 13, graduates are eligible to apply to the Haitian Universities.
  • 72 adult literacy centers in 11 communities provide reading, writing, and basic math skills to some 2,000 individuals each year. More than 20,000 adults have been served.

The Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti is incorporated in Pennsylvania, and its financial records are on file with the Pennsylvania Department of State. It is a 501(c)(3) organization under the rules of the IRS. We work in Haiti under the auspices of l’Alliance d’Action Chrétienne, a nonprofit certified by the Haitian government as a nongovernmental organization.