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Written by Dana Jean
Friday, 21 October 2011 17:51
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Allen, Texas, USA, 26 August 2011 - Universal Learning Centre is pleased to announce that the Parliament Foundation of Quebec has once again granted the organization 25,000 to open a library in Haiti. The second of its libraries, the new facility will be located in Ouanaminthe, which is in the north east of the country, along the border of the Dominican Republic.

Ounaminthe currently does not have a public library, although there are several small private collections of books owned by schools and local nonprofit organizations. Universal Learning Centre will be the first of its type and looks forward to partnering with the people of Ouanaminthe to bring supplemental educational resources to the community.

Important information about Ouanaminthe, Haiti: 

  • Population = estimated 100,000 (this figure may be out of date as Mayor Rony Pierre indicates there are now more than 120,000 residents)
  • The average resident makes less than $400 annually
  • 90% of the residents occupy very small, 2-3 room homes
  • No water, electricity or sewage in the average home
  • Most residents do not have what would be considered "full-time" employment
  • The vast majority of the residents are Christian
  • Virtually all roads are dirt with major holes and uneven surfaces making travel to other town difficult
  • Ouanaminthe is walking distance to the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Universal Learning Centre is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization whose goal is: To provide educational resources and learning opportunities for people living in developing countries.

Poverty and illiteracy prevent individuals and communities from excelling socially and economically. ULC aims to address these challenges by making available modern learning centres/libraries in developing countries. These learning centres will include the latest educational resources and programs that focus on improving literacy rates and key skills and capabilities vital for both individual and collective prosperity.

Libraries play pivotal roles in the economic and civic structure of the communities they serve and act as agents of change. They help to stabilize communities and in return, those communities enable their citizenry to accomplish both individual and collective goals that were previously unattainable.

For more information, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 602-904-5363 (Skype).

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 07:36

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