ASR’s Whole Community Approach
Most Haitian children enter school lacking basic skills and are ill-prepared emotionally for the radical changes they will face at school both academically and socially. This unpreparedness stems chiefly from behavior patterns at home. Domestic concerns mark all strata of Haitian society, especially in the at-risk areas where ASR works.
A plethora of research studies points to the need for parents and communities-at-large to be positively engaged with children from birth onwards to assure social and professional success in their lives. Thus, behavioral training for adult caretakers is essential to the health of a community’s children and to the long-term future of the community.
ASR’s Whole Community Approach develops self-reliance for all participants at all ages simultaneously. In addition to providing a strong and supportive educational experience for children, including special classes in computer training and English language proficiency, ASR provides every family member with regular in-home medical care and social services. We have found that our inclusive educational, medical, and social health model makes a profound difference to the security and evolution of individuals, families, and the community as a whole.
To further instill trust and promote economic growth, almost all ASR teachers, trainers and medical personnel are hired from within the community. Additionally, ASR forms partnerships with various other non-profits to provide vocational training, housing construction, food security, and other infrastructure needs. When the community’s general population is uplifted, every child benefits.