who we are
The founder’s insight
TOLYCARE is a charitable 501 C (3) not for profit foundation created since 2003. TOLYCARE stands for "Treat Others Like You or Care for others as you would like to be cared for".
Based on a promise of utmost respect of human dignity, human rights, the intrinsic value of human life, and a deep belief in the principles of justice and equity, Toly Care was founded by Mr. Jumel Pluviose, RN, MSHISM.
The vision and purpose behind the creation of this non-profit entity lie in its mission to stand at the forefront of an all-out effort to make elementary education a reality in the lives of poor, deprived children in the city of Port Margot, Haiti; the birthplace of Mr. Pluviose.
The number of school-aged children not in school due to poverty stands as a threat to the very future of the nation which is continuing a backward march towards total collapse.
Driven by a history and tradition of service to the poor and neglected, Mr. Pluviose bravely took on the responsibility in 2005 to initiate this project whose mission would be to make a difference in the number of children in the city of Port Margot not attending school. Greatly touched and moved by the number of children roaming the streets of Port Margot with no real sense of purpose and direction, Mr. Pluviose took actions consistent with his personal history, beliefs and values.
Educating the young kids is the sole long term solution to rescue Haiti from the long everlasting politico-socio-economic backward march leading towards total collapse.
Ensuring optimal conditions for a child’s early years is one of the best investments a government can make. Investing in children increases a nation’s capacity to compete and grow in a global economy. When the government fails to fulfil that essential duty, it becomes the dire responsibility of devoted and engaged citizens like those through Tolycare to take it on. Tolycare believes in and adopts the old say “Education is the key to success”. President Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. Tolycare is strongly convinced that Education is the blood life of a country to raise loyal, responsible, respectful, successful, and well engaged citizens capable to live lives to their full potential.
It is in this politico-socio-economic backward march context and rather harsh reality that Tolycare initiated the movement to educate a segment of the Haitian population which is the underprivileged children of Port-Margot, Haiti. Its mission and vision have been to find and implement innovative strategies to reduce the number of children not attending school in the city of Port Margot whose location is at best 15 miles from Cap-Haitian, the second largest city in Haiti. Tolycare was created as a non-profit organization whose primary objective would be to make a significant contribution in the fight against this dire educational crisis which stood as a major threat against the very future of this nation. The organization has since its creation been annually sponsoring an average of 200 children in the city of Port Margot giving them access to elementary school education that due to lack of financial resources would have been “off-limits.”
Though a private non-profit entity, and in spite of the nobility and value of the cause it has espoused, the organization has not benefited from available government and private funding for its efforts. As it is well recognized and narrated, Haiti presents a paradoxical educational scenario. Because of growing population and the overcrowding of all major urban areas, the reality underlying the well-known rather dismal literacy rate of approximately 15% of which 10% fall into the functionally illiterate category revealed its true dimensions and dynamics. Haiti’s public educational system fell way below the capacity required to respond to the level of need now made visible by population growth in the urban areas. Hidden in remote rural areas, though known, the problem was not as powerfully manifested as it has been in the last 30 years, since families have been abandoning the very deprived rural areas in favor of misery in cities.
As government/public schools were too few, too small, and too ill-equipped to handle the increased number of school-aged children in cities, a network of private elementary schools emerged offering educational services to those who could afford it. Needless to say that this very premise excludes the great majority of school-aged children whose parents are severely underemployed, underpaid or unemployed to afford such services. An overwhelming number of children can be observed roaming the streets of major urban areas begging or offering their services for an extremely low fee. Government response to this crisis has, at best, been cosmetic/artificial lacking both in scope and sincerity
Your financial assistance has helped us to be where we are today and achieved the following: “Keeping children off the street, helping young adults to read and write, keeping our annual Soccer tournament alive, assisting with relief of some medical discomforts, and more importantly, Giving “THE KEY” to “HOPE FOR A BRIGTHER TOMORROW”.
In the city of Port Margot, private initiatives such as the undertakings of Toly Care, have kept the statistics within ranges of 3 out 6 school-aged children currently not attending school, 3 out 6 teenagers unable to read and write. Since 2005, Toly Care ‘s efforts can be summarized as follows:
• Tuition paid for 200 children attending various private elementary schools throughout the city of Port Margot.
• Provided all needed school supplies for an entire year.
• Paid for afterschool educational/tutoring services for children who are academically lagging or whose support systems cannot provide the needed academic support.
• From 2008-2011, ran 8 adult educational centers offering literacy courses for all who wanted to learn to read and write. Operations ceased in June of 2011 due to financial reasons.
• 180 young adults learned, for the first time, how to read and write. They were able to be more involved in church and other social activities after they broke through that illiteracy frontier.
• 2009, Toly Care began the construction, currently on hold, of a school grades from first through 12 in the city of Port Margot to offer a complete educational experience rooted in the highest quality, effectiveness and efficiency. Lack of financial resources account for the work stoppage.
As stated previously, the operations of Toly Care have been funded by its president/founder, family, and friends. The years have definitely taken their toll on available resources. The current situation is such that the very survival of the overall operations is at stake. The net impact of any suspension of supportive services would add 200 children to roam the streets of Port Margot which is already struggling to balance its act. The determination is strong not only to ensure the survival of Toly care, but to expand its services and reach its goals. That the children of Haiti need the help and services is beyond argument. Toly Care does aim to stand a step above through its efforts to not only provide needed help and educational services, but to be a force for quality and equity in education.
A small network of close professionals in Port Margot with total affinity with the premise behind the very existence and functions of the organization cooperates with the founder to ensure the full success of its missions and investments. Toly Care is committed to make possible what has been for too many in Haiti an impossible dream, and make available the resources necessary for the dream to come true. It would be fitting in view of the nature and dimensions of this crisis to hold the recently elected government responsible for the resolution of a situation largely the product of corrupt politics and corrupted politicians. However, in a country with needs ranging from “A to Z,” in spite of good intentions in this area, success will continue to be closely linked to well-managed private initiatives that ensure that funding is properly utilized. The mission of Toly Care is fully consistent with this stated premise of rendering elementary education accessible to children who could not afford it in a land of few opportunities and limited resources. The crisis is such that it requires solutions beyond the realm and scope of government actions and vision.
Toly Care's Plan
Tolycare, as a charitable 501 C (3) not for profit foundation, intends to partner with Good Samaritains like you to change lives one at a time. Please join us in battling this just and noble cause.
Check out our plan below and see where you can best make a difference in changing a life
1) Build and operate a school for underserved or underprivileged children of Port-Margot, Haiti.
- Tolycare already purchased the land for the school
- Tolycare already started the construction
- Tolycare needs major assistance to complete the construction
- $400,000.00 is needed to complete to school construction and make it Hurricane proof
2) Embed into the children mentality:
- A sense of love for themselves, their neighbors, and their country
- Respect for themselves, their neighbors, and country.
- Loyalty for the community / country by committing to put first common interest.
- Characters: be real and live by values not by wishes.
- Integrity: strive to be honest and live by pragmatic moral principles.
3) Ensure that the children receive an adequate education which allows them to earn a living with.
- Tolycare plans on utilizing retired volunteer teachers in USA to teach English to children and young adults in Haiti virtually.
- Classes will be taught in English, French, Spanish, and Creole by expects.
- Tolycare will use two mediums to teach: virtual and face to face
4) Guide the children to create their own brighter future.
- Build a solid foundation
- Create a learning environment where success is the only one choice.
- Embed in the children the ambition to guide others at their turn.
5) Tolycare plans on giving opportunities to the young adults who finish their high school and not doing anything.
- That goal will be achieved by partnering with a willing University, college or technical school in Haiti, USA, and Others.
- Through that partnership, the young Haitians can enroll in courses oversea from Haiti.
6) Tolycare initiated an Annual Medical Mission Trip to Haiti
- Providing free medication to relieve pain, lowering high blood pressure or high blood sugar, and healing skin disorders
- Offering financial assistance to patients to seek medical care from other local facilities.
Human dignity and integrity
Individual rights to privacy and confidentiality
To provide educational opportunities to children in the city of Port-Margot, Haiti by empowering them to achieve their full human potential and become relevant and productive members of society. We aim to lift the veil of ignorance in favor of hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Founder / President
board of directors
Founder and President JUMEL PLUVIOSE and Vice President PAUL PERCEVAL work with a talented team of professionals to accomplish Toly Care's goals and mission.