What is the Bridge to Haiti?
Bridge to Haiti is a collaboration between the SUNY Broome Bridging the Digital Divide Project and a SUNY Broome Course, “Health for Haiti”. Through this collaboration, Bridge to Haiti is creating solar powered computer labs in Haiti and teaching computer literacy to hundreds of children in urban and rural Haiti.
In addition to providing children and young adults with the opportunity to acquire new skills, we hope to establish a virtual “Bridge to Haiti” that will allow the SUNY Broome community to communicate with the people of Haiti. There are many opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning from each other.
Since 2014, students in the BIO 104/HST 104 Health for Haiti course at SUNY Broome have been traveling to Port Au Prince and the Artibonite Valley to provide practical assistance to the people of Haiti. People living in Haiti are at high risk for major infectious diseases, in many cases because of unsafe water, inadequate housing, poor sanitation and widespread poverty. Access to educational opportunities and facility with information technology is also sorely lacking in the regions where we work.
For this reason, Bridge to Haiti seeks to provide laptops, teacher salaries, and assistance of various forms to help equip young Haitians with the tools and skills necessary to participate in the global tech community. By partnering with local volunteers and community leaders who have experience working in Haiti, SUNY Broome students can use their training to provide education and assistance to communities in desperate need of aid. Check out the Health for Haiti Blog, for updates on the Bridge to Haiti project.