Colorado Haiti Project

Mission Statement: The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with rural Haitian communities to support their rise out of extreme poverty. The Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CHP is supported entirely by donations from private individuals, local and national foundations, faith communities, and service organizations.
Aug 19, 2014

Educational opportunity for 7th, 8th & 9th graders takes a leap forward in Petit Trou, Haiti

Judith- Trainer & St Paul
Judith- Trainer & St Paul's sewing school graduate

With support from the Colorado Haiti Project, new educational opportunities for students at St. Paul’s will take a leap forward this new school year. Starting this fall, courses to build entrepreneurship skills will be offered to all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students at St Paul’s School. A local Haitian partner, Etre Ayisyen (To Be Haitian), will organize innovative programs for young adults at the school.   Etre Ayisyen has conducted a training of trainers exercise with three top students from the community who will be prepared to be leaders for the program this fall.

Through the entrepreneurship program students will learn critical skills in small business development for both formal and non-formal sectors, and gain important knowledge to set them down the path for success. There are even plans to help students launch small businesses of their own. This program, although not exactly the same, mirrors Junior Achievement training that is common in U.S. based schools. Because many students do not have access to education after 9th grade, this program will be instrumental in building the capacity and skills of these vulnerable young people to support themselves and their family, and have a positive impact on the local economy. For students that continue to secondary school the skills learned through this program will provide a solid base of knowledge as they also look to support themselves and their schooling.

$40 a month supports not only the entrepreneurship classes for these 7th, 8th and 9th graders but also their classical education. Help these students forge their own paths to sustained progress and development for everyone in the community through this enhanced curriculum.

Stay tuned as St Paul’s launches this exciting vocational program!

Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student

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May 21, 2014

Our Pre-School Class - the Future Leaders of Petit Trou, Haiti

Evaniaka at pre-school
Evaniaka at pre-school

Meet Evaniaka - or Evo as she is affectionately called:  Evo is the little girl in the photo, smiling out at us from under the table with pink ribbons in her hair.  She is in the youngest grade at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou, Haiti - the 3-year-old preschool class.  Evo lives with her extended family in a group of simple homes just a 5-minute walk from school.  Every morning Evo walks to the campus with her mother, Judith, who is a vocational student in the St. Paul's sewing program - learning to become a seamstress to help support her family.  After preschool lets out at mid-day, Evo goes over to the sewing school to be with her mom for the afternoon.  As you can imagine, Evo is the darling of that adult classroom!

Education is the foundation upon which the community's hopes for the future is built.  It is wonderful to look into the eyes of these youngest schoolchildren and see the future of Petit Trou.  They will become the teachers, the farmers, the seamstresses, the mechanics, and the healthcare providers of their community - literate and educated.

It only costs $25 per month per child to ensure that these pre-school students can continue into primary school and on to high school.  Please help Evo and her friends have that opportunity.  Their future is bright - if they can just stay in school. Thank you for your support and for your love of these children!

Arriving at school in the morning
Arriving at school in the morning
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
Teachers help us learn lots of things
Teachers help us learn lots of things
Won
Won't you help us grow?

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Feb 19, 2014

What a Party! St. Paul's School 25th Anniversary

School Youth Bring Gifts in Celebration
School Youth Bring Gifts in Celebration

Students, teachers and families at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti really know how to throw a party! For months eyes were set on the weekend of Jan. 25th, 2014, which marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of St. Paul's School. Begun under thatched roofs and stand-to's, with children gathered around teachers with no books or blackboards, St. Paul's now welcomes 700 students from pre-school to 10th grade to a modern and expanding site developed to be the best school in the region. St. Paul's staff and students had worked hard to become a government-recognized Center of Excellence, and they were ready to celebrate!

Dignitaries, political, social and cultural, poured into town for the weekend. Three visiting choirs joined their voices; parents brought gifts real and symbolic of their commitment to the school, and to show thanks for what the school does for the children. Madame Odette, one of the school's founders and behind-the-scenes provider of whatever is needed, received an award from the Colorado Haiti Project, which sent down 15 representatives. Some of the American guests were board members, former educational or medical mission trip participants, and long-standing supporters of the school.

Jean Fritz spoke at the party of a dream he had had over 25 years ago, that three men would come to the village and start a school. When three Episcopal priests showed up, he told them he had been waiting for them! And Guillot Tibert lived on the grounds of the school for many years, attending St. Paul's and now returned to it as bookkeeper, computer science and educator and star former pupil, who received a scholarship to higher education.

We hope you can taste some of the fun, music and celebration of our 25th Anniversary party through pictures and video on our website. And those of you that supported us last year, we invite you to donate now to the school in 2014 in increments of $25 in honor of our anniversary, to support the education of over 700 children. Thanks for everything you've done, and may do!

Haitian Dinner: Papaya, sweet potato, plantains
Haitian Dinner: Papaya, sweet potato, plantains
Parents bring their gifts
Parents bring their gifts
The Stars of the Show
The Stars of the Show
Guillot Tibert, computer science educator
Guillot Tibert, computer science educator
Jean Fritz, Who Had a Dream
Jean Fritz, Who Had a Dream

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