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From the Slum to the Job Market

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IH - New York
  • Guillaume Kroll

From the Slum to the Job Market

Guillaume’s project sought to bridge the gap between education
and the job market by offering training and material support to recent graduates of a vocational training center located next to Haiti’s poorest and most dangerous slum. In so doing, he hoped to offer students the opportunity to become financially independent and avoid the criminality and violence of their surroundings. Guillaume worked collaboratively with a small Belgian organization and a local partner in Haiti, greatly enhancing the project and adding more financial support.

Building on the assumption that economic development is an antidote to violence, Guillaume and his partners developed a seven-day curriculum with two different modules. The first helped students market themselves with potential employers and the second focused on micro-entrepreneurship and how to set up a small business in the local construction sector.

The project trained 46 students, ages 18 to 27, from the bricklaying section of the vocational training center. The local partner has now taken over the project to ensure future progress. Guillaume took home a deep appreciation for the challenges facing these students and hopes that his efforts will result in this handful of students finding some prosperity while avoiding a violent life.