English in Mind Institute
The English in Mind (EIM) Institute teaches English as a vocational skill to around 200 adults in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
In the last year alone 23 EIM students secured new employment because of their English and 2 received university scholarships.
EIM started simply as a group of local Haitians who wanted to improve their English. Their desire stemmed from a knowledge that, with English, they could find work in hotels, restaurants and offices.
Quite simply, in a country where more than two thirds of adults lack formal employment, and more than 50% of the population lives on around $2 a day, English can provide a route to meaningful, long-term employment and security.
Between June 2010 and December 2011, IDV volunteers worked to develop this informal group of aspirational Haitians into a formal school. Then, as our international volunteers left Haiti, the school was transitioned to local teaching and management staff.
Having previously selected the Cambridge English curriculum the local staff unanimously decided to call their newly independent school the English in Mind Institute.
IDV continued to meet EIM’s running costs for the next several years. However, much of this funding was raised by IDV’s former Project Manager for the school, Stephanie Price. Steph has also continued to work tirelessly in Haiti to further develop the school as its own organisation.
In the summer of 2014 Steph began funding EIM directly through the establishment of a US based organisation, Friends of EIM, which gained charity/501(c)3 status a year later.
We salute Steph, and all the Haitian staff, who have turned IDV’s original project into the amazing school it is today.
IDV continues to provide $300 (around £200) a month towards running costs. IDV also helps provide financial oversight by continuing to review EIM’s monthly expenditures.
It costs around $2,000 (£1,300) a month to run the school.