Empowering Haitians with education and income generating skills to catalyze economic development and break the chronic cycle of poverty.

Heartline Education Center

Low educational levels and a dismal economic landscape leave many Haitians trapped in the chronic cycle of material poverty. Haitian men and women lack access to basic necessities like nutritious food, adequate health care, and the means to pay for their children’s education because of scarce financial resources and economic opportunities.

The Heartline Education Center teaches essential income generating skills – empowering Haitian men and women to pursue their dreams, provide for their families, and build a brighter future for their communities. Graduates primarily employ these skills to start small enterprises to meet the financial needs of their families.

What started with a few treadle sewing machines and a single class of students, has grown tremendously! Students now have the opportunity to study sewing, advanced sewing, and cooking. Staffed entirely by Haitians, the Education Center is proud that many teachers started at the Education Center as students themselves.

Education Center graduates have increased income potential and ability to provide for their families, self-confidence, and hope for the future.

 

Education Center Recent News:



Even the wind and rain couldn’t extinguish the joy at this celebration! On Sunday, August 5, we gathered to acknowledge the incredible accomplishments of this year’s Heartline Education Center graduates. The air buzzed with excitement as students’ families arrived for the event. Outside the Education Center, beautiful and bright decorations set a celebratory mood for the day. Students’ amazing projects were displayed proudly on tables for everyone to enjoy. After a particularly challenging year at the Education Center, it was incredibly meaningful to see the graduates gathered together – their faces exuding pride and joy. These men and women not only faced personal challenges, but also persevered through interruptions caused by unexpected leadership and staff changes at the EC. They fought hard throughout the year to arrive at graduation day.

The Heartline Education Center is officially open for the 2017-2018 school year. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the school! Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude as we celebrate this incredible milestone and welcome a new class of dedicated students. On Monday, students and staff gathered together to kick off a new school year with a time of worship and prayer. It is powerful to sedoe the Education Center community collectively praising God, seeking His wisdom and strength, and joyfully anticipating all He will do in the coming months. We are excited to share that the Women’s Education Center has a new name – the Heartline Education Center. This small change will have a big impact! We are thrilled that the school has opened its doors to include both male and female students. More than a dozen men have already enrolled in courses and we look forward to seeing even more Haitian families empowered through education and skills training!

On July 2, 2017 more than 200 Haitian women graduated from the Heartline Women’s Education Center. We are overjoyed to congratulate each of these women and share a few favorite moments from this year’s ceremony. As graduates joined their voices to sing these words, a lit candle was carefully passed down the aisle and onto the stage. The flame signified the light of knowledge and education. A beloved professor urged the women to not only keep this flame alive and burning within themselves, but to also pass it on – to spread light to their families, communities, and country. We know without a shadow of a doubt that these women will continue to share light and love wherever they may go.

Lexis lives with her mother, father, and siblings in a rented home near the Port au Prince airport. With limited access to economic opportunities, it is difficult for the family to earn enough income to provide for their basic needs. Motivated by her desire to help provide a better life for her family, Lexis began teaching herself how to sew with the hope of earning an income. Over time, Lexis realized that in order to advance her skills and develop a sewing business, she needed to pursue formal education where she could learn from seasoned mentors. Initially, this dream seemed impossible. Attending sewing school in Haiti would require tuition, and that was something her family simply could not afford. A friend recommended that she learn more about the educational opportunities offered at the Heartline Women’s Education Center.