HCF is dedicated to helping end poverty in Haïti by providing students the opportunity to achieve post-secondary educations through fully subsidized scholarships to universities in Haïti.
Increased access to a university education in Haïti serves two important goals: (1) ending dependency: as Haïti is able to develop its own indigenous class of professionals, the country will become less reliant on outside expertise to solve its many problems; (2) promoting community development: through application of their learned skills, HCF graduates will effect long-lasting improvements in the communities from which they come by strengthening local economies that can help lift their fellow citizens out of poverty.
According to the Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP), college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as other Haïtians (96 percent versus 50 percent for those without a higher education). They are also able to achieve significantly higher earning potential ($10,000 per year in contrast to the national average of $653). As a result, North Yard Economics, Ltd. estimates that each graduate of a university program will add $300,000 to Haïti’s GDP over the course of his or her lifetime.
Thus, HCF scholarship recipients are not just attending college—they are planning a future for their families, their communities, and ultimately, the nation of Haïti. With a university-level education, young Haïtians can enter professional occupations and start businesses in their home communities, enabling them to promote Haïti’s economic development and social reconstruction at the local level.