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!
Students from three different partnership schools began attending classes at the new location of IIT Haiti. It’s a wonderful new space for them to...read more
In January 2019, IIT Haiti moved to its new location. The school is still in Simon, just down the street from the old location. Our new place offers more space and a better learning environment for our students! We are grateful for the work of the IIT Haiti team for making the move such a...read more
A mission team from the United States returned this summer to IIT Haiti to teach computer skills and English to the students. Two classes were led during the week with children and young adults from the local community. The teams represented adults and high school students from Palatine, IL and Orange, CA. Many members of this team taught at IIT Haiti last...read more
IIT Haiti is proud to announce another new school partnership has begun. When the leadership team from IIT Haiti recently visited New Generation School in February 2018, they noticed a large school with great teachers and students with no access to computer training. The administration discussed the possibility of partnering with IIT Haiti and now the first classes have begun at IIT Haiti! Students from New Generation School are learning how to use computers for the first time! At IIT Haiti, we are proud to be in partnership with schools...read more
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