In March 2018, in Canape Vert (Haiti), the Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad (APEFE), Humanity and Inclusion (HI)/Handicap International and the National Institute for Professional Training (INFP) launched a joint training session in home cooking and commercial baking for a group of 14 people with reduced mobility. This training will give these people easier access to the labour market enabling them to live independently and autonomously.
This training session aimed to improve the situation of people with disabilities in society. The training was also designed to include and coach this category of people who are all too often marginalised in Haitian society.
According to the Director of the Humanity and Inclusion (HI) programme, Catherine Stubbe, the accessibility and inclusion of people living with a disability are fundamental rights recognised by the 2014 WHO Report financed by the World Bank. She said that article nine of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets out that ‘inclusion aims to enable people with reduced mobility to live independently and autonomously. The Convention calls upon States to take appropriate measures to ensure that these people can access all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, and to identify and eliminate the obstacles and barriers to accessibility.’
Ms Stubbe continued by saying that the launch of this training course was an opportunity for HI to reassert its commitment to respect certain basic principles, too often forgotten. It is still a major challenge finding work in Haiti, but if specific provisions such as inclusion are made, Ms Stubbe believes that people with disabilities will have better abilities enabling them to join the labour market more easily.
Inclusion aims to enable people with reduced mobility to live independently and autonomously.
The APEFE Representative in Haiti, Pascal Montoisy, stated that the training would take place in a truck fitted out for the purpose and containing a range of household equipment to help the participants. According to Mr Montoisy, this training course is part of the Programme d'appui à la création d'emploi et de revenus durables/Job creation and sustainable income support programme (PACERD). ‘It will enable this marginalised group in the country to acquire new knowledge in home cooking and commercial baking over 200 hours of lessons that can help them to eliminate the obstacles to accessibility’, he said.
Maguy Durcé, the Director General of INFP, stated that people with disabilities are always treated like the poor relations in the country. She felt that this first training session was a form of justice for this group for their real inclusion in society. Despite their physical disabilities, Ms Durcé believes that with this training session, these people can be useful to the country through their dishes.
Maguy Durcé went on to call for everyone to help eliminate all the factors that hinder the integration, inclusion and participation of people with reduced mobility in society. ‘We need to change the behaviours that fuel prejudice and institutionalise discrimination; integrating development actions and priorities for the inclusion of people with disabilities and defining strategies which respect the main principles of the International Convention on Persons with Disabilities’, recommended the Director General of INFP.