News Release

Kellogg Foundation Grants Funds Diverse Projects in Haiti


Thanks to two new generous grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the University of Miami’s School of Architecture (SOA) and the School of Education and Human Development (SOEHD) will play an important part in improving the lives of citizens in areas north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Under the leadership of Sonia Chao, director of the SOA Center for Urban and Community Design, a team will lead an effort to develop the coastal Arcahaie area, a region that has great potential because it is distant from fault lines which cause earthquakes. The mission is to create a plan that would develop an infrastructure to enable interactivity between towns, as well as the building of public and civic structures within town centers, sustainable and renewable energy sources, and sites for new public spaces, commerce, parks, and even ports.

Mindful of community needs, natural resources, and economic development potential as well as cultural traditions, the UM team will work hand in hand with community leaders and stakeholders. A grant from the Barr Foundation will also support the project.

In the SOEHD project, Professor MarieGuerda Nicolas will head an initiative titled “Haiti’s Legacy Project: An Education Program Focusing on Haitian History and its Global Impact” to foster a sense of pride and identity among teachers and students in 25 public and private schools in the town of Akayè. This will be accomplished by establishing a website, developing online educational materials, and providing teacher training.

In 2012 the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ecole Infirmieres Les Cayes, received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to perform a maternal-child health needs assessment in the south of Haiti. The SONHS is currently working on a new proposal to the Kellogg Foundation to use the assessment to develop a program to improve nursing faculty development, implement a nurse-midwife program, and develop the continuing education program for nurses. Through these projects, the University of Miami and the Kellogg Foundation have built a strong partnership and are working together to make a difference in the lives of Haitians.

These projects are among the University of Miami’s efforts to help Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. From being first-responders and establishing a major field hospital immediately after the quake to grassroots initiatives, community outreach, and fundraising efforts yielding millions of dollars in support, numerous schools and departments within University of Miami have provided essential support in the recovery of Haiti.