Centre d' Education et de Formation des Jeunes (CEFJ) is located in Port au Prince, Haiti in an area of the city called Cite Soleil (Sun City). Cite Soleil is one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western hemisphere and one of the largest slums in Northern hemisphere. There are approximately 29,000 people per square mile with close to 400,000 people total living in Cite Soleil. A majority of the residents are children and young adults. They face extreme poverty, rampant gang violence, and a high risk of HIV/AIDS. Most lack access to basic human needs such as latrines, regular and consistent meals, and medical attention. Children in Cite Soleil rarely have the opportunity to just be children.
CEFJ is a free school providing a safe place to learn amidst the chaos of Cite Soleil. It is funded and administered by the Haitian non-profit organization RAJEPRE. Winter Luc founded RAJEPRE in 2006 to give the young people of the Bois Nef neighborhood in Cite Soleil opportunities to learn about sustainability through a gardening program, taking pride in their neighborhood through a street cleaning program, music classes, and more. He expanded RAJEPRE to include a school for children that would not otherwise have to opportunity to learn.
The school follows the National Education Ministry curriculum which includes: Mathematics, French, Creole, Social Sciences, and Experimental Sciences. English and Spanish are added to the curriculum at the 7th grade level and Creative Arts is available for all children. The school currently serves children from Kindergarten through 7th grade.
CEFJ is a ray of hope in Cite Soleil.