From March 13 to April 24, 2019, three times a week, they were thirty to move the neighborhoods of Martissant and La Saline to the Industrial Park of SONAPI, in the premises of the 'made in Haiti' tablet company Sûrtab. Thanks to the support of the NGO Viva Rio Haiti and the funding of the Community Violence Reduction Program (CVR) of the United Nations Mission in Support of Justice in Haiti (UNMIJUSTH), these young people from different neighborhoods have been able to get in touch with the employees of this firm. For six weeks, Sûrtab specialists passed on their know-how and skills in assembly and repair. An exchange in the form of opportunity for the beneficiaries of this project who hope to then enter the Haitian labor market. These types of initiatives will continue to be supported by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (UNHIB), which works in an advisory capacity in support of the Haitian authorities and in close collaboration with the United Nations Country Team.
Haiti, an estimated four million users of smartphones and other electronic equipment. A market still in full growth, where new and second-hand machines meet, requiring maintenance and repair. This context is a real opportunity for electronics professionals that has not escaped the NGO Viva Rio Haiti, in charge of the implementation of the RVC project Kominote san vyolans (“community without violence”). This initiative intends to reintegrate economically people living in risky contexts in the neighborhoods of Martissant and La Saline, including through vocational training that can help them generate income and choose their own future.
Today , the 30 people present in the Sûrtab Academy are between 16 and 40 years old. The majority have not had the opportunity to go to university and many still doubt their abilities to develop new skills. Some already have some basics in electronics, but all responded to the invitation to join one of the training seminars organized by the 100% Haitian tablet brand.
Sharing good practices and transmitting know-how
Since 2018, the Sûrtab company, created in 2013, has developed training modules for outsiders. It is the “Sûrtab Academy”, to which directly contribute the thirty full-time employees recruited by the company. To transmit their know-how, they take turns with the beneficiaries and share the good gestures and other advice in assembly and repair.
Today, Thelus Wilson, production manager, to follow the group. It teaches them how to properly use the multimeter, a measuring instrument that makes it possible to check the proper functioning of the electric circuit of smartphones. His personal goal? Most Trainees Find Work Immediately After Training
To follow the lessons, each recipient has their own toolbox: suitcases, notebooks, tools, and other training materials (such as the multimeter). “A complete kit with which everyone can leave once the training is over,” says Thélus Wilson. “It's a way for them to quickly start their business for themselves.
Others still choose to join electronics stores. A track for Lanès Célestin, 31, who still hesitates to launch his business: “Set up your business can be complicated. It takes a lot of money to start, then you have to find a local, formalize the trade … “. However, the young man really believes in these different perspectives: “A few weeks ago, I had never repaired a phone. I had some basics, of course, but I had never had any training on the operation of the electrical circuit.
Lanès Célestin is also optimistic about future prospects. After all, “Sûrtab is a well-known company in Haiti”, a source of knowledge, know-how and inspiration for Haitian youth.
90,800 beneficiaries of community violence reduction projects  Between October 2017 and September 2019, more than 90,800 people, including 44,750 women, benefited from community violence reduction (CVR) projects implemented by 90 partners (82 local, 4 international and 4 UN agencies) with the support of the United Nations Mission for the Support of Justice (UNMIJUSTH). In order to consolidate positive dynamics that reduce violence in neighborhoods, some of these projects provide participants with tools to generate income, train or manage their business. Since October 15, 2019, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (UNHIN) continues to support initiatives to reduce community violence by working in an advisory capacity in support of the Haitian authorities, in close collaboration with the United Nations Country Team. .