CIDM has always focused on equipping Haitians in spiritual and practical ways.
Past projects have had a distinct vocational focus as we trained and employed over 100 Haitians in: construction, masonry, concrete, wood & metal framing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, interior finishes, engineering, welding, wood-working & agriculture.
Learning these life-long skills has changed hundreds of Haitian families forever. Now they are confidently empowered to obtain skilled employment, thus providing for their families’ needs in dignity.
Our Vocational Training Story: Learn & Earn
Just after the 2010 earthquake, the Haitian unemployment rate rose to over 80%. This catastrophe only served to shake up a new determination to defeat satan’s evil scheme of severe poverty and break the chains that have bound previous generations.
We realized that not only did the country need to be re-built, but the Haitians’ lives re-built as well. God’s plan became clear…we would teach Haitians practical, construction-related vocational skills, which would equip them to build sustainable lifestyles.
For four years, CIDM served as an independent design and building contractor for many American based non-profit organizations, foundations, churches and the private sector who provided the funding and were seeking quality, US standard construction for their projects. CIDM filled that need with the expertise of American volunteer contractors on staff and plenty of hard working Haitians eager to learn a trade. The Haitians had the opportunity to learn and be employed in building all aspects of complex structures such as orphanages, schools, medical clinics and houses. Over 100 Haitians “learned as they earned” in the following American-standard skills: construction, masonry, concrete, wood & metal framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, interior finishes and engineering. Specialty work included a wood-working shop employed by deaf young men and a welding shop.
Learning these life-long skills and sharing them with future generations has changed hundreds of Haitian families forever. No longer must they suffer from the lack of education and skill that results in severe poverty and a debilitating lifestyle. Now they are confidently empowered to obtain skilled employment, thus providing for their families’ needs in dignity.