CENTRECH

The Carrefour d’Entraide et de Retrouvailles du Cap Haitien (CENTRECH) was founded on 19 October 2001 and is located in Montreal. The organization aims to educate people from Cap-Haitien and Northern Haiti living in Quebec, Canada or elsewhere, along with all friends of Haiti about the importance of supporting the development of Cap-Haitien and its institutions. Cyclo Nord-Sud and CENTRECH have been partners since 2006.

// Bike to school project

After Caracol and Limbé, Ouanaminthe was next receiving sustainable and economical transportation.

In collaboration with scholar institutions such as the congregations of the Oblate Fathers and Sisters of St. Croix in the North and Northeast of Haiti, the project École à Vélo-Bisiklèt works at increasing education access and lowering dropout rates among low income students that live far from their school. It also aims to make autonomous beneficiary institutions by strengthening their bike mechanic capacities.

During the summer of 2016, the Instution Jean Paul II (IJPII) of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at Ouanaminthe cleared its first container and allowed the establishment of a bike rental park in its institution and in the schools of the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Croix from Cap Haitien to Thibeau and Milot. CENTRECH also helped to put in place bike parks at the Grand-Bassin school.

In schools, bikes are rented at low costs (250-350 gourdes/year) during school time to students and teachers alike, and are brought back at the end of their shcolarity to be rented again to the next comers. Bike racks have also been locally fabricated and installed in schools with CENTRECH’s help and a warehouse-workshop container was set up near IJPII to facilitate stocking and repairing the bikes. The bikes are owned by the local institutions that insure the project’s management, the maintenance of the bicycles, the distribution and the follow-up with project beneficiaries.

2006

First container

7 631

Total bikes shipped

AUGUST 2018

Last container