Rayjon's Strategic Vision & Plan

Rayjon Strategic Vision 2016-2021

  • As a community we have completed a very positive strategic planning process.

Collectively we have identified our Vision for the future, Goals to achieve, and a Plan for getting there.

The process undertaken stretched over almost a year and involved not just Board Members, but the larger Rayjon community: supporters, committee members, and volunteers.

We have identified 5 exciting goals for the future:

By telling our stories we aim to raise awareness about the rich cultures and amazing people, as well as the injustice and need. We aim to educate about social injustice and inspire others to get involved. With outreach we will engage new volunteers, trip participants and other supporters.

We are committed to seeking, brokering and working in partnership with organizations with similar goals to facilitate the priorities of beneficiary communities, to assist them in accessing resources that will allow them to become more self-sufficient. We know that we can accomplish more in partnership than we could alone.

 Projects will be focused on and based on community needs, vision, and direction. We have a mandate to facilitate learning and opportunities that enable beneficiaries to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society. All trips (Eyeglass, Awareness, College) will be evaluated to ensure they benefit hosts, beneficiaries, participants, and Rayjon.

We are committed to seeking, brokering and working in partnership with organizations with similar goals to facilitate the priorities of beneficiary communities, to assist them in accessing resources that will allow them to become more self-sufficient. We know that we can accomplish more in partnership than we could alone.

New volunteers are the future of Rayjon and volunteers of all ages are valued and will find rewarding experiences with Rayjon. Volunteer recruitment will bring fresh ideas and energy and will assist in succession planning. Youth will be actively engaged and nurtured through awareness trips, regular school visits, efforts of a new Youth Coordinator, and youth engagement activities.

Planning focused on three specific areas within Rayjon: Projects (including eyeglass programs), the Canadian Organization and Trips (including eyeglass trips). Keep reading for a pictorial overview of the Vision, Goals, and Targets for each area or use the sidebar navigation to view the more detailed plans for each.

For Projects the vision, goals & strategies, and specific targets were described for 5 key priorities: Finances, Team, Governance, Partnerships, and Programs.

Descriptive Vision of Rayjon Projects in 2023

Within the 4th section of the Haut de St. Marc area, in particular Pinson, there is a robust elementary education system, up to Grade 9, with a curriculum including vocational training as determined by the Community.  Adult literacy education (Alpha) is operating efficiently and effectively, proving to be transformational in the Community as Alpha graduates become active and involved members of the Community.  The health care system and elementary school within Gilbert, as returned to the Community, with responsibility for services being assumed by the landowner within Gilbert in December 2017 is operating effectively, guided by the needs and direction of the Gilbert community.  Within the remainder of the 4th section, RSCH acts as an advocate but does not manage health care.  All community programs are integrated to the extent possible with the Haitian government including local government and federal ministries.

The Community leadership structure within the Haut de St. Marc area is strong and committed, supported by qualified and experienced RSCH staff and capacitated leaders.  Every effort has been made to explore and identify potential partnerships with organizations which have goals aligned with those of RSCH and Rayjon Canada. Any duplication of services with other organizations operating in the area has been identified and eliminated, where possible, through partnership or modification of services.  RSCH has been capacitated to be an effective partner and/or to broker partnerships among organizations operating within the Haut de St. Marc area where requested or needed.

Community leadership within the Haut de St. Marc area is both empowered and effective at identifying programs or projects needed within the Community.  Rayjon Canada is capacitated to determine those programs and projects for which it is able to provide financial support or to entertain partners to do so.  Programs and Projects considered include those which are currently operating as well as   micro business flowing out of Adult Literacy and microcredit activities, small scale agriculture opportunities, periodic eyeglass clinics, or physical improvements in the 4th section.   All programs and projects are to be implemented in an orderly, well-managed fashion at the request of, and with participation of, the Community and within the capacity of RSCH. There is a focus on empowering grassroots leadership and supporting existing governance structures, particularly the Women’s Federation groups. All initiatives and partnerships value gender equality, which is an integral component of all stages of project planning and implementation.

Monitoring Trips from Rayjon in Canada are carried out periodically to ensure that the solid systems established, including financial systems, are being maintained and followed.  Project Management in Canada is proactive in nature, identifying in advance expected results of the programs for which Rayjon offers financial assistance for the purpose of being responsible for donor’s funds and being able to report fully to our donors.  Haitian leaders and staff are empowered  to successfully manage day to day issues which will always arise, and have acquired skills in management and planning, enabling them to engage partners and effectively collaborate in community driven initiatives.

Within Cap Haitian, the C-NEW-C (formerly the Sacred Heart Centre) is self-managed by a capacitated staff, under the direction of a governing Board, with the assistance of a partner, or a collaboration of partners, which may include a branch of the Haitian Health Ministry, with mutually agreed financial support by engaged partners.  The nutrition program meets a need within Cap Haitian not filled by other organizations, and is an efficient centre with qualified and capacitated staff and management.  Nutrition services are offered to children between 9 and 59 months, based upon best practices of the field.  A comprehensive, complementary adult education program is available to parents of children in the nutrition program.  The adult education programs provides knowledge and  skills which facilitate the adult students achieving employment, successfully entering  training or  programs offered elsewhere in Cap Haitian, as well as connecting the adult students with other resources available to them including, but not limited to, micro-credit, access to health services etc..  A quality nursery school program is provided for children while their parents are in class.   The Centre provides some minimal partial tuition support for pre-school for graduates of the nutrition program, but only in the most extreme cases based upon clear and well managed criteria.

C-NEW-C has successfully negotiated the transfer of previously sponsored students to another reputable program offered by a future partner with aligned goals who has agreed to oversee the completion of the education of those students who were transferred, along with a financial commitment, if possible, to facilitate this.

The financial support of the Sisters of St. Josephs for the C-NEW-C  and tuition program,  has continued.

Monitoring Trips from Rayjon in Canada are carried out periodically to ensure that the solid systems, including financial systems are being maintained and followed.  Project Management in Canada is proactive in nature, identifying in advance expected results of the programs for which Rayjon offers financial assistance.  Haitian leaders and staff are able to successfully and efficiently manage day to day issues which will always arise.

Rayjon continues to provide limited financial support to a community development partner in the Dominican Republic, which operates programs identified by the Community in its Vision.  Rayjon Canada’s role includes working with the Dominican Community development partner to facilitate and broker other partnerships within the community or area.   Community leaders in addition to the Dominican project director are actively involved in the management and direction of programs. The community development within the Dominican Republic is visited periodically by Rayjon Awareness Trips.  The monitoring of this development is commensurate with the financial contribution of Rayjon Canada, and financial and other reporting requirements of this community development are consistent with what is required of partners in Haiti.

Financial contributions to assist partners and beneficiaries in Haiti or the Dominican Republic, during emergencies of various natures, will be determined by the Rayjon Canada Board on a case by case basis, with input from the Project Director and Committee.minican Republic, during emergencies of various natures, will be determined by the Rayjon Canada Board on a case by case basis, with input from the Project Director and Committee.

Rayjon Projects Vision

Rayjon Canada continues to provide support for organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic with a mandate to facilitate learning and opportunities that enable beneficiaries to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.   Rayjon Canada is committed to seeking,  brokering and working in partnership with organizations with similar mandates to facilitate, in a participatory way, the priorities of  Communities with which it has developed a relationship.

For Trips the vision, goals & strategies, and specific targets were described for 4 key priorities: Impact, Participants, Experience, and Leaders.

For Canadian Organization the vision, goals & strategies, and specific targets were described for 5 key priorities: Volunteer-Based, Finances, Outreach, Strategic, and Youth.

Goals demand action. We will strive to meet our goals and honestly evaluate the effectiveness of our programs. We are proud of the real positive changes we have seen in communities.

 

We invite you to join with us as we collectively work to achieve our goals for the next 5 years!