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
Haut de St. Marc
Within the Haut de St. Marc area, in particular Pinson and Gilbert, 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 , with its base in Gilbert, including remote clinics and community health agents, is operated by the Community or another qualified partner, with reasonable financial assistance from Rayjon Canada based upon approved annual budgets and achievement of mutually established objectives. 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 one or all of the Communities. 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.
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 able to successfully and efficiently manage day to day issues which will always arise.
Sacred Heart Centre, Cap Haitian
Within Cap Haitian, the Sacred Heart Centre is managed by a stable and capacitated partner which may include a branch of the Haitian Health Ministry, with mutually agreed financial support by Rayjon. 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 teaches skills which facilitate the adult students 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.
Rayjon 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 Sacred Heart Centre and tuition program, as offered by a future partner of Rayjon, 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.
Consuelo, Dominican Republic
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. 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.
Response to Emergencies in Haiti or the Dominican Republic
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.
Second, the Project long term planning group created a general Project Vision which is set out below as a way in which the Vision for projects can provide more guidance in decision-making:
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.