Hi Kate, Thank you so much for your positive feedback and questions.
1-3 Year Projects
Our year 1 plan would be to establish the initial Distance Learning Lab at UNDH Port-au-Prince. This is the largest campus in terms of the number of schools, faculty and students. Monsignor Andre, the president of UNDH Port-au-Prince indicated that the Distance Learning Lab is a top priority for this campus.
This initial lab would serve as the base hub for future satellite labs, which would all be connected to the hub and to each other. Once the initial lab is successfully completed, we would use knowledge gained from the first project and propose to complete labs at other campuses based on priority determined with leaders of UNDH. These additional labs could be started in year 1 and then continue to be included at other campuses in years 2 and 3. I will add a diagram to the submission to show this.
This Distance Learning Lab initiative is a priority for UNDH as indicated by Msgr. Andre. The curriculum would be developed in collaboration with him and other leaders and faculty of UNDH based on the most pressing priorities and goals. One of the exciting benefits of the Distance Learning Lab is the potential to expand the curriculum of UNDH by leveraging access to other Universities. Collaboration with these universities will be made viable and accessible by development of the Distance Learning Labs. The Port-au-Prince campus includes schools of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing, Economic and Social Sciences, and Education.
Use of Renewables
We are continuing to do research on this piece, learning more about products and current projects being done in Haiti, and determining which providers are best to work with. Solar panels to ensure reliable electricity and internet are a priority, since unreliable power is a major problem in Haiti. We understand that this is one of the issues we need to solve in a cost-effective way, ensuring that the labs have a consistent source of power. There are companies currently doing this type of work in Haiti, such as Let’s Share the Sun Foundation, which has installed solar arrays on more than a dozen institutions in Haiti. They hire Haitian labor and train them to do the work, so they will have marketable job skills. Vidyo, which has a teleconferencing product that allows high-quality transmission even with low bandwidth, has provided donated video technology to the Haiti Medical Education Project for years. We will collaborate with these companies and others like them.