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PRODEV was established in 1995 and has impacted over 55,000 through their educational outreach and teacher training program. PRODEV’s mission is to improve the quality of education in Haiti and to ensure that all children are not only attending school, but also thriving and learning in a conducive environment. Using very low-cost and scalable methods, PRODEV works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers, and volunteers to achieve this mission.

Haiti is home to 11 million people, with children making up 54% of that number. Sadly, 64% of boys and 57% of girls are unable to read or write. PRODEV was established with the belief that a quality education is a fundamental right of every child, and they work to provide access and resources to learning. PRODEV offers an extensive range of programs, including early intervention, community libraries and remedial learning, which reach thousands of children annually. Because of their mission, focus and multi-tiered interventions, nearly 100% of PRODEV students have passed the national exams, while the national average is only 50%.

Please visit www.prodevhaiti.org to learn more about PRODEV schools and how you can get involved.



Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we were able to launch our first back to school backpack distribution program in Haiti in 2011. Haiti has an unemployment rate of over 65 percent. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the population lives on less than $100 a year.   With the cost of public schooling at about $250 per child each year, education is a luxury many children cannot afford. Without access to even a basic education, Haiti’s children are trapped in a cycle of poverty that has plagued the country for generations.  We realize that one effective way to break this cycle is through education.

Most children living in the outskirts of Haiti walk at least 2 miles to school each way daily with their books on top of their heads.  Providing backpacks to these children is one of the best gifts you could give them. To date, we have distributed over 10,000 backpacks! Free public education is something most take for granted here in the states. But in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, most schools are private and very few families can afford even the most modest tuition. In a nation as devastated as Haiti, it is difficult to decide where to begin to offer help. However, you can never go wrong with education.

Conan O' Brien visit
Comedian Conan O’Brien visits PRODEV School in Haiti
PRODEV School Library Visit with anchor Calvin Hughes and Actress Garcelle Beauvais
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PRODEV CEO Maryse Penette with Students
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Actress Garcelle Beauvais Signing PRODEV School Wall of Fame
Our Members and Volunteers Visit a PRODEV School


In December 2017 we added something special to our mission trip. In addition to the toy distribution we were able to provide eye exams and prescription glasses for over 500 underprivileged children in Haiti, thanks one of our donors Dr. Prosper Azerraf.



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Founder Judith Joseph visited Prodev School in Cite Soleil Haiti for the first time although she have been involved with the school since 2012. Upon her return to the States, she came across a life-changing video about a humble ballet school in Kibera, Nairobi – the most densely populated slum in Africa just like Cite Soleil. The children’s overwhelming joy in dance was evident. Since that day, Judith has hoped to provide a similar opportunity to the children of Prodev Haiti.


IN DECEMBER 2017 she traveled to Haiti for our annual Joy of giving toy distribution and the eye glasses project for the children of Prodev. She met with the school’s staff who passionately spoke of their vision of integrating the most vulnerable children into society and offering them holistic and individually tailored education, because, as they stated, ‘Talent has no race, no social class, no boundaries, therefore can be found even in the poorest and most remote parts of the world’.  I knew then that the Ballet Studio project was a must.



There are many other methods for individuals to access better opportunities and standards of living. A surprising avenue toward a better future is found in dance, specifically ballet. Dance offers an escape from the extreme violence and poverty that exists in slums and provides young people with a profession that can give them and their families a better life.

House of Dreams dance studio will give children in challenging communities the chance to become ballet dancers.

  • OUR GOAL is to give children an escape from gang violence, and a safe place where they can learn and grow
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We are actively seeking sponsors the help make this dream a reality
  • COST: The program will be free of charge
  • UNIFORMS: We will contact ballet schools in the US asking for their support
  • LOCATION: The studio will be located in the neighborhood of Cite Soleil, on the PRODEV school Campus Les Zorange


This will be an unlikely ballet school, because it will be located in Haiti’s most violent neighborhood call Cite Soleil, a slum home to 500,000 people. We hope to convince the children that it’s better to pick up a boxing glove, a ballet slipper or a computer, instead of a weapon. With the help of Catwalk for Charity and people like you, Haiti’s youth can have a chance to become accomplished dancers, even winning scholarships to further their education.