Open Source Archives

We strive to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and the implementation of progressive and  participatory research methods, with the goal of generating tangible, durable changes in the way research about Haiti is conceptualized, implemented and applied.


Research Hub & Open Source Archives

EKO HAITI Research Hub is a research and knowledge mobilization platform focused on creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research and associated research-based learning. We aim to become the intellectual “home” for research about Haiti by creating and providing open access to the largest crowdsourced research archive dedicated to Haiti, by fostering cross-disciplinary research and innovation, and by providing support for progressive research in the form of contextual expertise and training.

“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”

Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Haiti is the birthplace of a rich literary heritage that deserves more attention. Haitian authors open a window into this Caribbean nation’s vibrant culture and tumultuous history.

EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz
Dedicated to the late great, Kreyolicious (Katheline St. Fort), our photographs archives holds a large collection of images dating back to the late 1800's .
40 years of development reports, evaluations and survey databases many of which are not publicly available, are buried in drawers, closets, private libraries of NGOs and government donors.


Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding

Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.

> Transcripts archive

" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "

The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.



As an independent institute, we rely on crowdsourcing and donations to continue expanding the depth and scope of our archives.  Your contribution enable us to provide open access to a vast collection of ethnographic and research material which in turn aims at fostering further research and contribute to a better understanding of the country.

Catholic schools have played a vital role in Haiti’s educational system, providing opportunities to some of the
most underserved citizens. Schools founded by French religious orders were among the first established in the
country. Recognizing the value of Catholic education, in 1913 the Haitian government committed financial
support to the Church to open and operate schools in underserved rural and poor areas. Unfortunately, this
pledged public support has been rare and sporadic. Despite this, Catholic schools are present throughout all
regions of the country and serve some of the neediest students, earning these schools a positive reputation
among the citizens of Haiti.

Catholic schools, which account for 15% of the schools nationally, are the largest cohesive provider of
educational services in Haiti. Public schools account for only 12% of the system, and the remaining non-public
schools are operated by various religious groups and independent private providers (MENFP N.d.). Because
Catholic schools are organized into a structured national network—as opposed to a system that is otherwise
fractured and largely unregulated—they have a unique ability to implement systemic change. Catholic
educational leaders have the opportunity to chart a positive course for all Haitian schools by exemplifying
strong leadership, academic quality, and a commitment to forming moral citizens.