Helping rebuild Haiti: one student at a time!

I have just arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is hard to witness the poverty and destruction all around me. Just on the drive from the airport, I saw the impact of January’s earthquake, the recent hurricane and the cholera epidemic.

I am here because of how this devastation has impacted the higher education system. UoPeople is ready to equip Haiti’s youth with the tools to rebuild their country, but we need your help.

UoPeople is providing 250 qualified students with the opportunity to access higher education. This effort will cost a lot to implement, but we are confident that no cost is too high. Together we can transform the lives of our students.

I just met our first 16 and they are truly an inspiration with such strong desires to improve their lives through education. As one of our incoming students Kesta said, “I wish to be a model for everyone, because when you are motivated and you accomplish all that you wanted, it’s a good thing. I’m going to help myself first, and then I can help others, save money and run a business.”

Kesta’s story is only one of many. There are thousands and thousands of Haitian youth who hold so much promise. We must give them online, tuition-free educations, as well as access to computers and satellite internet connection.

These are basic resources for many of us, but they are incredibly limited in Haiti. We cannot underestimate their value to education, so please do not underestimate the value of your donation. The smallest contribution can make an enormous difference.

To donate to the project and to learn more about our work in Haiti, please visit our website.

Together we can help bring higher education to Haiti.

Haiti: Donate to educate!!


About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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3 Responses to Helping rebuild Haiti: one student at a time!

  1. Cindy Eve says:

    enjoyed reading your blog. it’s amazing that under such dire circumstances these children are still so positive and want to make a contribution. they could teach the kids in the UK a thing or two. You should put a twitter share button on your blog as well so we can share it. lovely to read about your contribution. Good luck

  2. Alex Ten says:

    Yes! That is a great accomplishment that you are doing Shai!
    My respect! 😉

  3. musphira bint sayyadi arzika says:

    that was amazing shai! I am glad i have a freind who has love and respect for humanity.may God richly bless u.continue the amazing job and the result will be bigger than u ever thought.good night and thanks for the information.

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