Canadian International Development Agency in Haiti

No access to reliable power and substitute millions of dollars worth of Cisco software with emulation software

The Challenge

Following the terrible earthquake in Haiti, CIDA wanted to create a globally recognised, fully modernised and solar powered Cisco accreditation programme at Haiti’s Centre for Professional Training (CFPH CANADO). This project would enable the centre to obtain the status of certified Microsoft IT Academy and CISCO Networking Academy, which would contribute to the Government of Haiti’s efforts to reform the vocational training sector and address the shortage of skilled workers in Haiti.

The challenge was to build real ICT capacity in an off grid area that could provided affordable advanced Cisco training rather than basic Office literacy.


The Solution

Aleutia won a competitive tender against Dell and provided a high performance system (an Intel Core i7 quad core processor with 16GB ram) that was not only affordable, but also compact and energy efficient.

Aleutia also became a project partner, supplying entry level Cisco hubs and switches for initial training.

Instead of buying the enterprise switches, Aleutia offered emulation software and a year after the devastating earthquake, Aleutia’s solar labs were helping to rebuild the country and create a cadre of technocrats.



Client: Canadian International Development Agency

Country: Haiti

Category: Non-profit/Government aid

Dates: 2009 - Ongoing

Products: D3 core i7 workstation