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!
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
IIT Haiti is proud to announce a new partnership with a local elementary school in Simon, Haiti. Students from the Flora Elementary School will begin to attend classes at IIT Haiti starting in March. This new class will teach these students basic computer skills including how to type, use Windows 7, and how to use Microsoft Word. This will be the first opportunity for these students to learn computer skills. In June, members of the IIT Haiti team will hold a graduation ceremony for the students that have completed this first class. It will...read more
Rice University student Renata Wettermann was featured in a suburban Chicago newspaper, “The Daily Herald”. Renata was one of the U.S. mission team members that helped setup IIT Haiti during the summer of 2012 and taught a week of English classes at the computer school during the summer of 2013. In the article, you’ll read about Renata’s work in Haiti including her work at IIT Haiti! Read more in the article below!...read more