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Centre d' Education et de Formation des Jeunes

Centre d' Education et de Formation des Jeunes (CEFJ) is located in Port au Prince, Haiti in an area of the city called Cite Soleil (Sun City). Cite Soleil is one of the poorest areas and largest slums in the Western hemisphere. A majority of the residents are children and young adults. They face extreme poverty and most lack access to basic human needs such as latrines, regular and consistent meals, medical attention, and education.

Children in Cite Soleil rarely have the opportunity to just be children. CEFJ is a free school providing a safe place to learn amidst the chaos of Cite Soleil. It is funded and administered by the Haitian non-profit organization Rajepre. Winter Luc founded Rajepre in 2006 to give the young people of the Bois Nef neighborhood in Cite Soleil opportunities to learn about sustainability through a gardening program, taking pride in their neighborhood through a street cleaning program, music classes, and more. He expanded Rajepre to include a school for children that would not otherwise have to opportunity to learn. The school follows the National Education Ministry curriculum which includes: Mathematics, French, Creole, Social Sciences, and Experimental Sciences. English and Spanish are added to the curriculum at the 7th grade level and Creative Arts is available for all children. The school currently serves children from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Rajepre’s goal is give children the opportunity attend school so they become aware of their own potential in the world and their community and are better equipped with the life skills necessary to make informed choices.

Ramon Aleman

CEFJ Haiti Partnership Director

Ramon is a double major in Psychology and Marketing. He is a Senior at Florida State University and lived in Miami, Phoenix, and Houston before coming to Tallahassee. Ramon started a nonprofit called Unhoused Humanity that houses homeless families. After graduation, he plans on working in Wilderness Therapy. His hobbies include reading, hiking, and jumping in mosh pits.

About Centre d' Education et de Formation des Jeunes

Centre d' Education et de Formation des Jeunes (CEFJ) is located in Port au Prince, Haiti in an area of the city called Cite Soleil (Sun City). Cite Soleil is one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western hemisphere and one of the largest slums in Northern hemisphere. There are approximately 29,000 people per square mile with close to 400,000 people total living in Cite Soleil. A majority of the residents are children and young adults. They face extreme poverty, rampant gang violence, and a high risk of HIV/AIDS. Most lack access to basic human needs such as latrines, regular and consistent meals, and medical attention. Children in Cite Soleil rarely have the opportunity to just be children.

 

CEFJ is a free school providing a safe place to learn amidst the chaos of Cite Soleil. It is funded and administered by the Haitian non-profit organization RAJEPRE. Winter Luc founded RAJEPRE in 2006 to give the young people of the Bois Nef neighborhood in Cite Soleil opportunities to learn about sustainability through a gardening program, taking pride in their neighborhood through a street cleaning program, music classes, and more. He expanded RAJEPRE to include a school for children that would not otherwise have to opportunity to learn. 

 

The school follows the National Education Ministry curriculum which includes: Mathematics, French, Creole, Social Sciences, and Experimental Sciences. English and Spanish are added to the curriculum at the 7th grade level and Creative Arts is available for all children. The school currently serves children from Kindergarten through 7th grade.