Thinking Development aims to increase access to education in Haiti and promote equitable and sustainable development, through the design and reconstruction of a destroyed girls' school in Port-au-Prince.
Who we are
We are a collaborative and imaginative NGO, connecting a community of nuns, teachers and school girls in downtown Port-au-Prince with a group of designers, architects, documenters and development planners associated with University College London’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.
What we do
Together we have completed the design for the permanent reconstruction of Centre Rosalie Javouhey - a girls' school complex destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. This inspiring, sustainable, replicable and multi-functional educational complex in the heart of Haiti's capital city will accommodate 1,250 girls, their teachers and staff.
We are documenting this process in short films that capture this unique journey, and hope to share its lessons with other development practitioners, other disaster victims, and all those with a passion for breaking down international barriers in the name of equitable and sustainable development.
Why we need your support
Currently, Centre Rosalie is operating out of small, temporary buildings, with reduced admissions, no clean drinking water and not enough classrooms, toilets and kitchen facilities to accommodate the demand.
This school serves some of Port-au-Prince's most disadvantaged girls, many of whom were extremely traumatised by the 2010 earthquake, suffering injuries, anxiety and stress, and losing relatives and homes.
By helping us raise funds to rebuild the school, you will enable 1,250 girls to develop their minds and recover from the trauma in this inspiring and uniquely nature-surrounded school, designed and built in the social and physical context of the region.
Every penny we raise will go towards getting this school built and ensuring these children get the education they deserve.
There are many ways you can help. Here are a few ideas...
- Make a one-off or monthly donation of your choice.
- Fundraise for Thinking Development at an organised event, like the London to Brighton cycle. Just click 'Start fundraising' now to set up your page!
- Set yourself a personal challenge and raise funds for this Haitian girls' school.
- If you're a teacher or student, get your school involved in fundraising for this Haitian girls' school with a sponsored bookathon, a cakesale, a non-uniform or fancy dress day! Do get in touch if your school would like to use our fundraising and educational resources.