Haiti

Haiti

  • More than half of Haiti’s residents make less than US $1 a day and cannot support their family
  • 300,000 children to have to work as unpaid servants
  • Close to 5,000 schools were affected by the January 2010 earthquake which caused the whole education system to shut down while the Ministry of Education itself collapsed.  Today, more than half remain out of school, and children in camps face continuing challenges to accessing education
  • Over half of Haiti’s population is school age
  • One third of girls over age six never go to school
  • 50% enrollment rate for primary school
  • Approximately 30% will not reach third grade
  • Approximately 60% will not reach sixth grade
  • Only 20% of eligible-age children enroll in secondary school
  • 98% of Haitians do not graduate from high school
EDEM Foundation – Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Summer 2014, Fall 2015
Through our partnership with the EDEM Foundation, we are providing uniforms to 150 elementary school children at L’Ecole du Village in the small community of Canobert on Ile-a-Vache.  Some of these students walk over an hour to school, at just four years old and many families cannot afford the $2.25 school registration fee. We are thrilled to help these young children learn their basic reading, writing and math skills!
The Vertile Foundation – Winter, 2013
, Summer 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
The Vertile Foundation was founded after the 2010 earthquake devastated the country. The Vertile House, located in Carrefour, literally provides a home for the children to live in and also provides a family to these 20 displaced and vulnerable children who would otherwise be on the streets.
The Children of Haiti Project (COHP) – Winter 2012, Fall 2013, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016
Through our relationship with Emily Sanson-Rejouis and the Kenbe La Foundation, we are providing the 65 children attending COHP with uniforms. Many of these children and their families are still living in a tent camp, over six years after the January 2010 earthquake.  Despite their living circumstances, these young scholars walk to school each morning in pristine, pressed uniforms – such an inspiration!
Cathedral of the Incarnation – Summer 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
Our inaugural project! In our first summer, this was our test run. Megan and Jess funded this project with their own money, to provide 200 children with uniforms. We wanted to be sure that our model did in fact work before we started fundraising and asking others to believe in us. Through our relationship with the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, TN, we were able to work with a local priest in La Vallée who oversees the three local schools. In September 2011, 200 children were able to attend Ecole Ste Therese De La Voute in brand new uniforms. We have since funded two more projects, each for 600 students at all three schools – Ecole Ste Therese De La Voute, Parish Church Saint Clair at Tuff and School IPEPH at Musac.  The stories we were told about these children literally melted our hearts. The priest said that the children pray for the women who gave them uniforms and that they hang them from rafters so that they don’t get dirty overnight. They said that out of rubble, literally, the children emerge ready for school. Their hair is done perfectly, uniforms crisp and pressed. Just amazing.

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