The Rapino Foundation advances education and economic development initiatives worldwide.
By investing in and scaling effective and sustainable programs, we strive to activate the inherent potential in every individual to change the world around them.
The Rapino Foundation is committed to helping build a more just and equitable future.
"WHEN YOU HELP A WOMAN YOU HELP A WHOLE COMMUNITY.
WHEN YOU HELP A CHILD YOU CHANGE THE FUTURE."
Economic Development Sustaining Social Community Programs
Supporting community-run local businesses by providing seed capital and operational expertise.
Promoting justice through education, advancing children and women's rights, and empowering communities to change from within.
In order to create long-term sustainability not dependent on outside help, we require the businesses that receive our seed capital to disburse their net profits as follows:
1/3 towards teacher salaries and social community programs
1/3 reinvested into the business
1/3 towards the creation of new sustainable businesses that will in turn follow the 1/3+1/3+1/3 model
Our Social Impact Investments
BAKERY - "BEL NEGES" - 2018
Provided seed capital for the only commercial-grade bakery in Haiti's Kenscoff region, creating jobs and reducing price of bread for local population. Business is operating at a profit since opening.
CYBER CAFE - "CYBER CAFE DE FERMATHE" - 2018
Provided seed capital for a Cyber Cafe with prices that are accessible to the local community. Thanks to the services provided by the Cyber Cafe, patrons are able to work on their CVs, create and print promotional materials for their own small ventures, etc. Business has been operating at a small profit since opening. The cost of running a generator has cut into their profit margins. We will be looking at brining in renewable energy down the line.
WATER PIPELINE AND WATER RESERVOIR - 2019 ONGOING
Building a 1.5 km water pipeline and water reservoir in Kenscoff, Haiti alongside a local farmers association. The water will:
Provide clean water for 6,150+ local farmers (increased crops = increased wealth)
Render a new commercial greenhouse operational (500% increase in production)
Enable the development of an Agro-Tourism site, representing new revenue sources
Stimulate reforestation activities
Our Community Programs
TRAINING TEACHERS AND PROMOTING CHILD-CENTERED LEARNING - 2016 ONGOING
Leadership training positions the teachers as guides rather than authority figures and promotes active listening, cooperative learning, and self-awareness.
Goals in network of 12 schools include promotion of Mother Tongue learning, eliminating corporal punishment, connecting children to nature, and making learning environments child-centered and fun.
NURTURING CREATIVITY AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS - 2019 ONGOING
We are launching a pilot program teaching digital skills and music to youth in Kenscoff, a rural and very low socio-economic area in the mountains of Haiti. Initial activity will mobilize local educators/music producers to travel to our network of 12 schools, where the majority are hard to reach with access only by moto and foot. Equipped with portable recording studios in backpacks, the teachers will bring a hands-on experience in music making and audio engineering, inspiring youth to express themselves and learn lifelong skills.
With community buy-in, this pilot program will be scaled up. Our vision includes the formation of a centralized Hub to support a stationary digital multi-media lab and a community radio station
PROTECTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN - 2018 ONGOING
One in three Haitian women and girls have experienced domestic or sexual violence. We are working with partners to address the root cause of violence through education and community-wide campaigns.
Today in Haiti, one in eight children are trapped in slavery. We are working with grassroots partners to create community child protection brigades and track and protect the well being of the most vulnerable children.
DISASTER RELIEF - 2016 and 2017
We provided relief post-Hurricane Matthew, with a focus on providing solar power, water filters and nutritional support to vulnerable families in the South of Haiti and in Kenscoff. We delivered supplies directly to recipients with ongoing follow-up to make sure the solar power and water filters are operational and properly maintained.
The Rapino Foundation returned to the Southern Departments of Haiti to install solar-powered lights and fetal dopplers in remote maternity clinics in the summer of 2017. Thanks to the adapted design of WE CARE Solar’s suitcases, we were able to easily install and educate medical personnel on how to use this technology to improve their care of pregnant mothers and babies.Nothing stopped the Rapino Foundation from visiting these under-resourced clinics, even though the 10-day journey required boat rides and hours on off-road paths to meet our partners. During the trip, we checked on the LifeStraw water filters we placed in clinics during the cholera crisis post-hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The healthcare workers were thrilled to see us and recount stories of how cholera was subdued since the water filters’ arrival.
It is part of the Rapino mission to ensure that every dollar is used to its full capacity. That is why we routinely check that the Lifestraw filters are functioning and utilized by their communities. In the same manner, while training and distributing the solar suitcases, our team collected the directors’ contacts and provided them phone credit to ensure regular communication.
NAN PANYOL COMMUNITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION - 2017
In September 2017, the Rapino Foundation proudly opened the doors of the newly-built school facility of “Centre de Formation Classique de Pangnol.” The farming community of Nan Panyol, located in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti, now proudly boasts a school that is conducive to an optimal learning experience, one that has the adequate space, ventilation, lighting, blackboards and school furniture.
A little boy told a Rapino Foundation team member, that he was now happy to attend school because he was no longer ashamed of going home dirty from the mud inside his old classroom and would no longer be made fun of by other kids. Now he was attending the beautiful school many locals referred to as the “Princess of Nan Panyol.”