About IIT Haiti
It started with a dream…
IIT Haiti (Institute for Information Technology of Haiti) is the idea of Haitian Lionel Legoute who grew up in Simon, north of Les Cayes, Haiti. After serving with many mission teams from the U.S., he had a dream to begin a computer school in his hometown to help train and educate others in his community so they can be productive and begin to build a better Haiti.
Education is key to helping the people of Haiti help themselves. Through this computer school, many who might not be able to attend college can receive valuable computer skills that would be useful to various businesses and institutions throughout the country.
With the partnership and initial funding from various donors in the U.S., this new school was setup in June 2012. Classes began on September 17, 2012. On February 5, 2014, IIT Haiti took another big step forward as it formed a partnership with the Flore Elementary School in Simon. The first classes with these new students began in March 2014. Classes for younger students and adult learners continues today!
A team of teachers and high school students from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California taught computer and English classes at IIT Haiti in June. This was their first visit to Haiti. It was a very positive experience. They were able to see the needs of the students firsthand. Teams like these provide opportunities for special summer classes for these students at IIT Haiti. We are grateful for their time and talents! Enjoy a few photos from their week...read more
During a recent visit to Haiti for help with the Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts, members of a US-based team helped with computer support by updating the computers at IIT Haiti. All computers were checked out, including newly donated laptops from Wheels, Inc. It is because of the support of companies like Wheels, Inc., IIT Haiti can provide the necessary computer education to children and adult students in Simon, Haiti! Thanks to all our donors and those who come to support the...read more
A team from the United States came to help after Hurricane Matthew and found minimal damage to the property and building at IIT Haiti. A tree in the front yard was damaged and had to be cut down. All of the computer laptops and other equipment were not damaged by the hurricane. Classes were able to continue a few months after the hurricane hit in October...read more
IIT Haiti team members taught special classes on desktop publishing, internet safety, and Adobe Photoshop in a recent visit to Haiti. Classes were for both adult students as well as students from a local school in neighboring Bambou. IIT Haiti has just formed a new partnership with the school from Bambou. In fact, the principal from Bambou was in our classes! IIT Haiti administrator Joram served as the translator. Adults learned about techniques and tips in desktop publishing and how to use various tools in Photoshop. In addition, both young...read more
IIT Haiti is proud to announce another new partnership with a local school near Simon, in the town of Bambou. Principal Philistin Chrisnel gave the IIT Haiti team a tour of his school in Bambou of over 100 students. Like most elementary schools in Haiti, the classrooms are small and most have only wooden benches and older chalkboards with no electricity. The older students will begin to take computer classes at IIT Haiti in Simon. For most of them, this will be the first time they have every used a computer before. Many of the older students...read more
Over Thanksgiving week, IIT Haiti team member Tim Kaufmann visited with his son, Jonah. It was Jonah’s first visit to Haiti. Jonah’s main work in Haiti was to distribute 125 hygiene kits at two hospitals in Les Cayes. He was also able to visit IIT Haiti in Simon. Jonah helped with some basic updates to the computers as well as some minor repairs to the classrooms. IIT Haiti is grateful for all those who support us in so many and different ways! Use our Contact Us page if you would like to visit the school or would like to support...read more
How is IIT Haiti making a difference in the lives of these students? Weekly, these children walk from their school to IIT Haiti to learn about how to use a computer. Most students in Haiti have never used a computer before coming to IIT Haiti. These students already have a desire to learn. They enjoy learning about technology. IIT Haiti continues to provide valuable education that will make a difference in the their lives and the lives of others in their community. Your support continues to provide needed resources that keeps that joy in...read more
Classes are not just held during the day at IIT Haiti. Most of the classes for our adult students take place at night. These adults come to IIT Haiti in the evening after a day of work to sharpen their skills or to help them start a new business. These new skills will help them keep their job or help them start a new job. This next semester of classes with focus on using software like Microsoft Word and Excel. Jarom serves as the classroom...read more
IIT Haiti is proud to announce the beginning of our fall classes with our partnership school, Flora Elementary! Children from the school come weekly to learn basic computer skills, such as typing, using a mouse, and how to use software like Microsoft Word. It’s a wonderful next step for IIT Haiti and will help these young students develop and...read more
How is IIT Haiti making a difference? When the team recently sat down with the principals of our partner elementary school in February, they noticed the elementary school secretary, Fanela, typing up a quiz on a laptop computer in the school office. Imagine their surprise to find out Fanela had received her computer skills in typing and Microsoft Word from IIT Haiti! This elementary school was directly benefiting from the training their secretary had received at IIT Haiti. This is now one of many of stories we are now hearing about the...read more