FONDATION PROGRES ET DÉVELOPPEMENT: HISTORY
PRODEV is a Haitian-led non-profit, non-political foundation officially recognized by the government of Haiti. PRODEV was established in 1995 by Max Pénette, Daniel Kedar, and Maryse Pénette-Kedar, to empower the youth of Haiti through education.
Founded on the idea that edikayson se sel soliyson, “education is the only solution” in Haiti, PRODEV’s work has expanded over time to address the evolving needs of Haiti’s children. From 1995-2005, PRODEV granted individual scholarships to Haitian students to complete their education. From 2006-2010, PRODEV operated a primary school and education certificate program within a detention center for minors. In Spring 2010, following the January 2010 earthquake, PRODEV operated 14 elementary schools and eight kindergartens in tent camps around Port-au-Prince, running for six months to two years.
PRODEV opened its first independent permanent schools in October 2010. For the 2012-2013 school year, PRODEV managed three schools and a community center.