The Adopt-A-Community Project is founded with the seven principles of Community Psychology and the core values that it represents. Values that define Individual Wellness, Sense of community, Citizen Participation, Social Justice, Collaboration & Community Strengths, Respect for Human Diversity, and Empirical Grounding.
Help Hayti, while adapting the principles and values of Community Psychology, proposes to launch a 25-year pilot study applying a nonequivalent comparison group design coupled with a multiple baseline time-series format in rural Fond Verrettes located on the southwest border of the Dominican Republic. Currently, Help Hayti has identified Bois Tombe, the first of nine localities has introduced the Adopt-A-Community focused on two fronts: Improving the literacy rate of the children population (age 3+) and decreasing the rate of deforestation.
Bois Tombe, Fonds Verrettes the first of nine communities, whereby the Adopt-A-Community program was introduced, is located on the SW border of the Dominican Republic. At the onset this community occupied a shell for a school with a student body numbering only 25 students. Today, we have Centre Education Informative de Bois Tombe (CEIBT)
Gromas, an adjacent community to Bois Tombe, does not benefit from ( CEIBT) due to the rough mountainous terrain that separates the two. More than 75 kids are not able to benefit from this newly available resource. Help Hayti has organized Gromas to serve the pre-K age group, only, for now to better follow their progress.
TrouChouChou, located 6 hours West of Bois Tombe in the town of Petit Goave is the current recipient of the Adopt-A-Community program with over 300 registered students. Regrettably we are not in a position to accommodate that large number yet so the focus remains mainly on Pre-K age group.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY
This value refers to a perception of belongingness and mutual commitment, which links individuals in a collective unity. It is further define to include interdependence with others, a willingness to maintain this interdependence by giving to or doing for others what one expects from them, the feeling that one is part of a larger dependable and stable structure.
This value refers to peaceful collaborative processes of making decisions that allow all members of a community to have meaningful involvement.
This value is defined as fair, equitable allocation of resources, opportunities, obligations, and bargaining power in society as a whole. It also involves advocacy for policies that make resources for wellness to all members of a community or society, especially its least privileged.
COLLABORATION & COMMUNITY STRENGTHS
This value involves relationships between community psychologists (activists) and citizens with whom they work. It involves building a respectful, collaborative relationship with community before research or action begins.
RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIVERSITY
This value recognizes and prizes the variety of communities and social identities, based on gender, ethnic or racial membership, sexual orientation, ability or disability, socioeconomic status age, or other terms.
The Swampscott conference in 1965 marked the emergence of community psychology as a separate discipline, the role of participant-conceptualizer expressed this ideal.
This value refers to physical and psychological health, including the presence of social-emotional coping skills to maintain that health.