The Haiti Projects’ Library/Community Center (“LCC”) is currently located in the center of Fond des Blancs and was founded to provide educational and literacy opportunities to the local community. Currently the LCC provides books in English, French and Haitian Creole; adult literacy programs; youth after-school programming; workshops in theater and writing; and organized weekend programs for children. In 2008 a Cybercafé was added that offers an important link to the world beyond Haiti. The Community Library also provides a gathering place for cultural understanding and discussion.
The library is the only public lending library and the only public Internet access in an area of over 45,000 people. The community library boasts:
- 546 library members
- 700 computer users
- 34612 books available
- 7 computers
|LIBRARY||2015 Totals||2016 Totals|
|Books Checked Out||268||464|
|New Library Cards||84||31|
|Library Cards Renewed||51||9|
|Total Income US||$11.00||$37.97|
|Girl In Attendance||2701||4087|
|% Female Attendance||47%||58%|
|Hours Free Internet Use||110||578|
|Total Income US||$202||$145.65|
The success of our programs offered through the LCC has far exceeded our expectations. The community of Fond des Blancs is asking for better and more consistent internet connections, expanded programing and more reference volumes.
Building on the successes of the current LCC Project, in Haiti Projects launched plans to build a new, permanent library on a plot of land owned by Haiti Projects and only 400 meters from the current library site. The new LCC, once completed, will boast an expanded computer lab, an ampitheater for lectures, classroom spaces, and an artist-in-resident apartment. The new LCC will be a signature community place that will allow for community building, distance learning and children’s programming. Your help with this new initiative is critical. We need additional funding to construct a new building, offer classes, and offer distance learning opportunities and kids clubs. If you can support our capital campaign to build a new, permanent library, please click on our donate page today.
Félix Pierre, teacher of mathématico
Jeannine Buissereth, erudite in local history
David Maignan, pastor of the Salvation Army
Jean-Francois Thalon, principal of the Exodus School
Frequel georges, registrar of Fond-Des-Blancs ( gov)
Briel Leveille, President of RATRAP
Durand Dubreus, Director of the education program of St Boniface