HLD is dedicated to providing Haiti’s rural communities with the educational tools necessary for building a brighter and more prosperous future.
Headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, USA, Haiti Lumiere de Demain/Haiti’s Light for Tomorrow (HLD), Inc. works in partnership with Haitian public schools, the public and private sectors, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support primary and secondary education for underprivileged children living in rural and impoverished communities in Haiti.
A not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with the goal of promoting literacy in Haiti, HLD engages in informational programs in Haiti and abroad to raise awareness of educational needs of children in Haiti.
HLD also works to encourage the participation of the public and the private sectors in the program implementation, and it supports initiatives that encourage civic responsibility and communal participation through its programs.
HLD is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan organization founded in 1998 by Louis Elneus, a native of La Gonave, Haiti, and former soccer player and coach for Sacred Heart University. He is currently the head soccer coach for the Rowayton Civic Association.
Haiti Lumiere de Demain is at the forefront of efforts to eradicate child illiteracy and renew the devastated environment in Haiti. There has been substantial progress. Twelve (12) years ago, the retention rate among children in the public school system was about 15 to 20 percent and the number of children passing the national primary exam was between 7 to 10 percent. With the investments HLD has made over the past 12 years, today on average 80% of the children are passing the National Exam and moving on to secondary school. It all begins with entrusting a child with a textbook and placing before them a well-trained teacher.
The students are now taking the initiative to plant trees to reforest their communities. HLD further encourages their efforts by providing them with solar powered flashlights to reduce their complete reliance on trees and kerosene lamps as energy sources, which are bad for the environment and the children's health. HLD believes giving a child access to reading materials is vitally important. HLD has created and maintains the first Public Library on La Gonave. HLD shares the power of reading with thousands more children in some of the most remote parts of La Gonave, thanks to our Donkey Mobile Library Initiative. With your support HLD will provide the children of La Gonave and throughout Haiti with the tools to build a brighter and more hopeful tomorrow.
Paul D’Agostino - Board Chairman
Tom Mele - Vice Chairman
Marilyn Lord - Treasurer
Chris Gorman - Secretary
Stephen H. McElhennon
Louis Elneus - President and Founder
Walner Michaud - Country Director
Djendina Fichtine Jean-Pierre - Library and Community Outreach Coordinator
Kethly Milor - Office Manager
Atty. Anel Paul
Dr. Manouche Jean
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