|How HELP is changing the stats||Haiti||HELP|
|Students on Dean’s List||8%||40%|
|University graduates working in Haiti||16%||80%|
|Average Annual Income||$820||$14,900|
“I was raised by my mother who was a poor washer woman who never went to school. Her income was not enough to feed us every day, so she couldn’t pay for our school…”
“2003 may seem far away for a lot of us today, but for me it is not. I was at the top of my graduating class at an all-girls high school in Port-au-Prince. ”
HELP is one of the few organizations leading the transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy in the developing world. A nation’s educated class builds economic and social stability – Haiti needs a large-scale increase in university enrollment to escape generations of poverty and actively participate in the global economy. HELP is building a new middle class in the developing world.
In Haiti, where the unemployment rate is around 50%, HELP graduates have almost a 100% employment rate with an average salary of over $15,000 – almost twenty times the average GDP per capita. HELP graduates are employed as the engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, accountants, administrators and librarians Haiti so desperately needs. As HELP alumni become part of the professional class, their siblings, children, nieces and nephews follow in their footsteps. Helping one person earn a university degree can raise an entire family out of poverty.
The work of HELP alumni continue to be instrumental in providing relief and recovery for hundreds of thousands of people.
— Matthew Marek, American Red Cross
In a country that has one doctor for every 10,000 people, each additional doctor represents a significant increase in the availability of health care. HELP has graduated a dozen MD’s and is currently sponsoring several medical students. Eventually HELP graduates will open their own medical and law practices, accounting and software firms; rent office space, hire employees, create jobs and build the economy.