Why youth and young adults?
The future of any country rests on the shoulders of the younger generation. They are the little plants that need to be handle with care – thus they may be ready, on day to build a better, a stronger Haiti. The Haitian population is very young. More than 50% of the young people do not make it to the second half of secondary school. Many of them become the prey for corrupt politicians who give them weapons, a little bit of money. Sometimes they give them Alcohol and drugs and send them to organize riot. Not knowing any better, they break, and they loot anything in their way, from public to private properties. This is how an uneducated young people become dangerous weapons in the hands of corrupt politicians. Others are waiting for any occasion to leave the country at any cost – no matter the destination: Dominican Republic, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, or any other country in the Caribbean. When they arrive in those countries, they must face the problem of immigration and adjusting; for some, it is worse than when they were in Haiti – but too late, they must cope. INHO wants to bring to the young people a reason to hope! What is that reason and where is it? That reason is a new education – form the new leaders for tomorrow – show the importance of listening and working together – the duty to family, community and country – respect for the common good – the importance of agriculture and culture.
From the beginning, INHO is a school of life, everyone has something to teach to others. Education is the key to opening the door to development of any country – speaking about education, it is not only the teaching or to show how to read and to write. Education is the development of the human person wholly: civic and moral, learning the value of family and its importance in a society, the importance of human labor, love and protect the environment, the role of justice and the respect for the common good, respect for others, showing that unity is unavoidable to build the community, respect for the weak, the cripples, the little ones – above all, learning to love one’s community and to give back to the community what we have been received. This is INHO’s vision of education. All our projects are to be executed in group, for the group, for the community, among youth and young adults; working together, side by side, hand in hand is very important – because we cannot remain standing if we are divided. In a culture where corruption infests all institutions, it is more than necessary to learn young people how transparency is important for the wellbeing of the nation. Unity is at the same time an end a mean. An end because we always need to stay united – it is also a mean to reach transparency – working alone, you have no one to give an account of what you have good or bad – being transparent is also being accounted for. Unity, working together foster the need to be transparent with one another. Transparency and giving back to the community are two leitmotivs of our association. All our activities, even the fight against famine must be educative. We cannot neglect the importance of a good religious education in which faith and raison come together.