helping haitian angels

Helping Haitian Angels' mission is to care for impoverished children "Angels" in Haiti by raising them to become happy, successful members of their communities who will have the tools to positively impact future generations. We work to achieve this by providing for the overall development of the children in our care. We ensure their basic needs are met - nourishment and a safe, comfortable home - as well as provide for the children's physical, spiritual, emotional and academic well-being. We consistently strive to strengthen our understanding of the Haitian people and develop mutual respect through effective communication.
Sep 9, 2014

Our school is about to open!

School Registration
School Registration

Thanks to the generous support of all of YOU, Food for the Poor and some very special people our school will open the first Monday in October!  What a gift and a blessing for so many!

We held our Kay Anj School registration last week in our new church.  It was overwhelming, controlled chaos, busy, a little frustrating at times and .....wonderful!  We took in 49 Pre-K and Kindergarteners ages 3-6.  The adult family members registering the children could not read or write, none of them.  We explained our Matenwa methodology and curriculum and one parent turned to the large group of parents, guardians and said "This is GOOD!  None of us can read or write because we were taught in French and had to drop out of school because we didn't know French".  I (Debbie) ran and hugged him!  Everyone laughed at me of course but his words rung very true for all of the adults in the group.

Our Dekle community neighbors are thrilled about our new school opening.  We will start with 90 children.  Our 41 Kay Anj kids and the new 49 little guys.  We have hired 6 beauiful, christian teachers.  They will leave on September 14th and travel to LaGonave (where Matenwa Community Learning Center is located) to be trained in the Matenwa Methodology.  They are very excited to learn "the Matenwa way".  They will live at Matenwa for two weeks.  They will then return and open our new school!  

After our registration last week we then, with two of our mama's, headed for the fabric store!  We purchased fabric for 180 uniforms! Each child will be given two uniforms, shoes, books, backpack, breakfast and vaccinations.  We plan to bring in a Haitian Doctor to vaccinate all of our new students and their siblings.  We are not required to do this but feel it will protect our school community and the families of Dekle.  The families were very grateful.  

If any of you are in the Northern Virginia area and want to come to our Biggest Fundraiser of the year...it's this Saturday!  We'd love to see you there!  Come help us "Raise the Roof" for our kids!!  

As always, none of this would be possible without the generous support of all of YOU!!  God bless you and our Haitian Family!

Kay Anj School Registration
Kay Anj School Registration
Our New School!
Our New School!

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Jun 23, 2014

Real Change in Our Kids Education is Coming.....

Our Franz, Renal and Guerdy doing homework
Our Franz, Renal and Guerdy doing homework

The school year is coming to an end for our Kay Anj kids.  They have worked hard, studied, spent hours in tutoring sessions and yet we have many children who will not pass this year.  We believe we know why and we are changing things for our Haitian family.

Until today, quality education in Haiti has been available only to very few. This is due to brutal socio-economic impediments, most importantly a language barrier: French, the primary language of instruction, is spoken by a tiny élite (approx. 5% of Haitians) whereas Haitian Creole, “Kreyòl” is the language spoken by the rest of the Haitian people. 

We know that access to quality education and literacy depend on the use of the language that is fluently spoken by students, parents and peers, spoken on a daily basis in the students’ homes, on the streets, church and in their communities.

When students are able to use their mother tongue (native language) to build foundational knowledge in reading, writing, science and math, they are, in a better position to master second languages and, then, to use these second languages to build additional knowledge. Conversely, students who are forced to learn the basics of these subjects, in a second language that they can hardly speak are usually bound to a lifetime of academic mediocrity.

We believe that this language barrier is one of the reasons for Haiti’s underdevelopment. 

Now for the exciting news...our new Kay Anj Village School will open in October!  Our current 40 children along with 40 new students from the Limonade community will begin learning in their native tongue, Kreyol!  

Our vision is not only for Haiti’s children to become functionally literate, but also for them to be authors of their own lives, their own histories, their own creativity. 

Please see the link below for our new project!  

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Mar 31, 2014

We continue to GROW and LEARN

Sidwell Friends and Kay Anj D
Sidwell Friends and Kay Anj D'Ayiti

Bonjou everyone,

We just returned from 2 weeks in Cap Haitien visiting, loving our Kay Anj children!

The kids continue to grow and learn in school.  School is tough for them as it is taught in French (common in Haiti).  We continue our after school tutoring.  Jean Baptiste teaches our older kids, Emani teaches our little guys and we recently hired Emani's husband to teach our 2nd graders as they were struggling in school.  The tutors come to our orphanage (they ride the bus home with the children) for two hours after school.  While the kids are tired from a long day at school they understand the importance of their education.  They change out of their uniforms, eat their lunch/dinner and then sit down for tutoring.  It's a very long day for the kids.  They are growing and learning daily.

A wonderful group of 8th graders from Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC traveled to Cap Haitien to spend a week with our kids.  They helped with homework, studied French books, helped with English, danced, visited the Citadel with our children.  It was a blessing for all!

School ends in late June.  We will be there to celebrate the end of the year and report cards!  

We pray that they continue to value and appreciate their education.  Thank you all for your love and support of our children as they grow and learn in Haiti!

Debbie and Bill Harvey

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