We want to see the schools' situations change not only in Haiti but also around the world in hopes of a better future. Still, in the twenty-first century, there are roughly 258 million children and youth who are out of school.
Who are we?
The organization's name is in French which stands for Une Meilleure Éducation Pour Un Avenir Meilleur, which in English means Better Education Brighter Future.
UMEPAM is a non-profit mainly directed by young college students who want to make a change.
We believe all children have the right to go to school and learn, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their families income.
We strive for excellence in the education, training, and support services provided to the children who we serve.
We share information freely in an effort to benefit the organization and its people.
We strive to create more programs in schools, for the children, that will foster their development of learning strategies.
The School System
Haiti's school system is dominated by the non-public sector, whether for-profit, faith-based, or run by non-governmental organizations. More than 80% of primary schools are non-public, enrolling more than 80% of all primary school children.
School supplies: We are working with our schools to provide the children with school supplies like bookbags, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc... because still there are parents who can not afford these in order to send their kids to school.
Activities in the schools: About 90% of the schools in Haiti have no activities, which makes school become a scary place for children to go to. Because they know that they are only going to learn and if they don't do their works they will get harshly punished for not completing the work. So, we are working with the school in changing the situations, creating playgrounds and putting activities in school, to make it a more welcome place and a better environment for children to go to learn and also, have fun.
Lunch in the schools: "I remembered going to school with an empty stomach, carrying my books, and getting sent back home because my mother couldn’t pay for my school." Said our CEO (Bendsondy Pierre) 59% of the Haitian population live under the national poverty line of less than $1 a day. Most parents can not provide food for their children, and there's no breakfast. Generally, there is just one meal a day which is not even enough for the children. We are working together on putting lunch in the schools.