Promoting Literacy and Good Health

Adult Literacy

The literacy program is helping women and men of Bon-Repos with fundamental
reading and writing skills in Haitian Creole. Our trained instructors provide two-hour long
evening classes three days a week. With small intimate classes, the literacy program
opens door and gives an opportunity to adults to learn to read. This program also
encourages our participants to explore vocational skills such as cooking and sewing
after the first two to three years in our program.

Basic Health

Supplementing the literacy component, our basic health program is addressing the
needs for basic medical care and instruction about general health and nutrition. Our
participants have access to a local clinic in Terre Noir, which is a suburb within close
proximity of Bon-Repos.

Our Partners

Jou Nouvo brings together supporters from the United States and experienced
community leaders in Haiti to work together to teach fundamental literacy skills. We are
working in partnership with Institution Mixte Alexandre Dumas, Les Petits Rossignols,
and Notre Dame du Sacre-Coeur in Lizon, Bon-Repos. These Institutions are private;
they have successfully delivered fundamental and secondary education, nutrition
program, and other basic assistance to the less fortunate families of Bon-Repos.

Long-term Goals

Jou Nouvo seeks to improve the quality of life throughout the targeted neighborhoods
where we work. We are providing children and adults with the tools of education, access
to basic health care and instruction as well as promoting economic stability through our
small business loans program. Jou Nouvo is committed to form partnership with
talented individuals and established institutions so we are able to build our capacity to
serve and advocate for a healthier environment, and vibrant community in Bon-Repos.
Jou Nouvo will never take on expansions that impair quality of service– but will take on
progressive and collective approach for community-oriented growth.
“For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human.
Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless,
impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world,
and with each other.” ― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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