In our last report we highlighted Vanessa, a young woman new to the construction trades, who showed grit, determination, and great work ethic. Vanessa was one of our top graduates in the first Level 1 class she took.
Vanessa continued to take classes in other trades, and excelled in them as well. She proved herself to be one of the best welding students we've had!
So now Vanessa is the first female Lead Trainer in Welding we've ever had at Extollo, and she continues to impress Extollo staff, and inspire Extollo students and her own family.
Thank you for your continued support of students like Vanessa that, when given a chance, can build a career in the construction trades.
Vanessa (pictured) was one of our Welding Level 1 students. Through her courage and grit, she decided to attend Extollo’s welding class in order to learn a new skill. Throughout the class, Vanessa excelled in almost every activity and proved herself as one of the top students. Her positive attitude and attention to detail (along with a good work ethic), led Extollo leadership to give her a chance at being an Associate Instructor in welding.
Along with our Welding and Masonry Level 1 classes on our Bercy campus, we also held a Masonry class on our new Port-au-Prince campus - making our trainings accessible to many more students. We continue to subsidize almost all our students due to their significant financial need. We are on par with training 200 students in 2022 and we are go grateful for those who have joined us in supporting this work.
Thank you for your support of 180 Scholarships for Vocational Training in Haiti project with Extollo!
Even through the turmoil and unrest in Haiti we have been able to hold numerous Level 1 trainings - Masonry, and Welding, specifically.
We're particularly excited about our Welding Level 1 classes that are now able to benefit from our new, well-equipped Metal Fabrication Facility. Thanks to a very generous foundation, over the last few months we've been able to acquire metal working equipment that significantly expands our training opportunities with our Welding classes.
Also an exciting development, we have been able to expand our training to Port-au-Prince through a partnership with a local NGO/nonprofit. We held our first Masonry class, graduating 15 men and women. This new campus, expanding us to two (2) campuses now, will allow us to scale up our training program significantly.
Thanks again for your support of giving men and women the skills they need to find a job, earn money (and the dignity that comes through work), and thus be able to take care of their families.
Thank you for supporting ambitious men and women in Haiti who work hard to learn skills in the construction trades so they can find work, provide for their families, and build a stronger Haiti.
Over these past months we had a number of Level 1 (introductory) classes and launched our Practicum program to give our graduates more hands-on experience.
Welding Level 1: Nine (9) out of the 10 students that started the class passed and received a certificate. The tenth student had to drop out due to medical issues, and we have invited him back when he is healthy. Our Haiti-based team planned, organized, and led the class - a big accomplishment.
Masonry Level 1: 15 students were selected out of 22 applicants, with 12 receiving a certificate. As part of the planning of the class, numerous improvements were made to the curriculum and student manual.
Welding Level 1 (second): currently in process. Due to limitations with our welding equipment we have six (6) students in this class learning the fundamentals of arc welding.
Practicum program: we launched our "hands-on, apprenticeship-type" training program to help alumni gain more real-world experience on actual construction work sites. All the documentation, programming, and structure for the program was built this quarter and tested. Numerous projects have been used as Practicum trainings, from masonry walls to electrical installations to plumbing.
With your support Q4 of 2020 ended well! In 2020 our goal was to raise $10,000 in funds to use toward student scholarships. This goal was passed! We raised $11,461.08.
In October, November, and December we were able to complete four (4) classes. (two (2) - masonry class and two (2) - welding classes) In those classes, we had a total of 47 students, completing the year with a total of 115 students and a 92% pass rate.
We plan to more than double the amount of courses offered during 2021. In addition, Extollo will be opening up a second campus in Haiti's capital.
We look forward to continuing to provide scholarships to seeking students as funds allow. We appreciate your support for this project!
Please check out the links below to see even more details of the impact made in the past 3 months!
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