June 2010 a young Canadian, Alex Parisien, set off for
Haiti, her mission was to carry out an initial study of
the locations and boundaries of vocational and trade training
programs and schools for young men and women within and
around Port au Prince. A secondary objective was to gain
an understanding of the current situation within Haiti
in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake in January of 2010.
During the two week trip to Port au Prince, 37 schools
were visited and the directors and principals were interviewed
in an effort to obtain as much information on the schools,
their students, programs and impact of the earthquake
on their ability to train and instruct programs and courses
to promote sustainable employment opportunities and sustainable
Her mission, about 6 months after the earthquake,
showed that much vital work remains to be done, especially
in terms of reducing unemployment and under-employment.
Due to time and cash constraints it was
not possible for her to visit regional schools outside
of Port au Prince, therefore the map for these areas needs
to be completed by future GMA volunteers, that Alex has
most helpfully agreed to help lead and coordinate.