Partners for Haitian Children

Founded in 2006, PHC supports community-based institutions which educate vulnerable Haitian children so that they can reach their potential and become builders of a new Haiti where justice and peace thrive. Currently, PHC partners with the Haitian Congregation,the Little Sisters of St. Theresa (PSST), an indigenous Haitian congregation which has been serving the poorest of the poor in Haiti since 1948 and enjoys the trust of the communities where it operates. The education that they provide stresses values and ethics such as dignity of each person, respect for life and sense of the common good.
Dec 2, 2014

Hoyas Without Borders Progress Report

Some of the letters
Some of the letters

Hoyas Without Borders is an initiative started by Partners for Haitian Children, in alliance with the Latin American Student Association at Georgetown University. The main purpose of the activity was for Georgetown students to connect with the girls in the orphanage, Mission Patriotique Chretienne, in a meaningful way, while supporting the construction of the development of a library. We believe in the power of books to encourage the imagination of children and trust that this project can motivate the girls to improve their educational performance.

This initiative consists of three stages. The first was reaching out to the Georgetown community and finding enough donors to sponsor a book for each of the girls in the orphanage. The Georgetown community was very responsive to the initiative. Thus, we successfully found enough Georgetown students and staff to partner with each orphan girl. The organizers did their best to partner two people with similar personalities, in order to strengthen the connection between them. Each participant received an email with a carefully elaborated profile of the girl he or she would sponsor, which included a picture and a short background of the girls’ lives, personalities, dreams and aspirations.

During the second stage, on the 15th of October 2014, Georgetown students gathered to write and decorated letters and to choose the books they wanted to choose as a gift. The organizers were very impressed with the level of thought and dedication that the Georgetown students put into the activity. All the letters were beautifully written and decorated. The messages were honest, deep and inspiring, with the intension of encouraging the girls to remain strong despite their difficulties and to use education as a tool to build a better future. It was clear that the donors read the profiles in detail and empathized deeply with the girl they would sponsor. Furthermore, all the books that were chosen had motivational messages and had often positively marked the donors in their childhoods. The organizers met with the donors that were not able to attend on October 15, but still wanted to support the initiative, on a different schedule.

Today, we are happy to say that we successfully reached our goal of fundraising a total of $1,114.25. Most of the books have arrived, and as soon as we finish matching the books and the letters together, we will make sure that they get to Haiti safely. Once again we are so grateful for all the support and dedication of all of those who sponsored the initiative. The girls will be delighted with their new books!

Sincerely,

Partners for Haitian Children

Hoyas working on the cards
Hoyas working on the cards
Girls in the orphanage
Girls in the orphanage
Sep 19, 2014

Jeremie Saint-Fleur Blooms!

Jeremie Saint-Fleur Blooms!
Jeremie Saint-Fleur Blooms!

Abandoned by his father and under the care of his indigent mother, Jeremie’s fate was to be that of thousands of impoverished Haitian children with no hope of attending school. In a chance encounter with  Sister Christiane, Principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School  in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite in Haiti, his grandmother  explained his dire situation and pleaded on his behalf for a chance to be admitted in the Preschool Program.  This led to his being offered a scholarship starting school year 2013-2014.

His teacher reports that that he has adjusted  very well to school. He is studious, quick, enthusiastic, and  very much liked by the other students. He greatly enjoys time spent at school learning and playing.

On September 8, 2014 Jeremie was one of the 200 Preschool students who started the school year 2014-2015. Sister Christiane, teachers and parents of the Preschool students have high expectations to build on progress achieved in 2013-2014, first year of the GlobalGiving Head Start Project .

According to an assessment by the school principal of progress achieved last school year by the K students, 70% of the objectives were achieved. She writes: “...thanks to the Head Start Program, we have observed that the children made significant progress particularly in language, writing and drawing.”

Funds made available by the project provided basic educational materials, training and professional development for teachers and the construction of a safe courtyard for the children to  play in.

Please donate today and help us provide quality early childhood education to 200 vulnerable Haitian children very eager to learn . Thank you for supporting our efforts.

 

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May 20, 2014

Early Childhood Education Initiative Benefits Vanessa and 229 Disadvantaged Haitian Children

When five- year- old Vanessa arrived at the Petite Riviere Orphanage in July 2013, she clearly had been mistreated by those who had taken care of her after the death of her parents.  She was malnourished, did not mix well with the other orphans, and always seemed fearful.  However, by the time  she  enrolled as a kindergarten student in October 2013 at Ecole Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours, she  had started to adjust and to benefit physically and emotionally from being nurtured and nourished by those in charge of the orphanage.

Today, Vanessa is a healthy, active five- year-old  who  loves school and  has many  friends among both her classmates and the other orphans.  In particular, she enjoys singing and dancing.

Vanessa  and  all  the pre-school children were fortunate to benefit from  implementation of the first phase of the head-start project aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education at Ecole Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours. Donations received as of  May 2014, representing 18% of  the project cost,  made possible the launch of the program to include  targeted training for the six early childhood teachers and aide teachers as well as a variety of educational materials  aimed at  supporting  the cognitive development, creative expression, language and literacy.  But much remains to be done to ensure full implementation of the project.

The teacher-student ratio is still  a very high 1: 37  -- three times the recommended  ratio for pre-school classes.  More and better trained teachers are key to the success of the project.  Moreover, a greater selection of activities must be offered  to support learning in the various developmental areas: cognitive, creative, language, physical, social and emotional.  We must  establish better links  between  teachers and  parents. There is also  a great need for parental education  related to  practices and customs which impact negatively on the survival, protection and participation of the children at home and at school.  Further, problems related to the  quality of the school's infrastructure and facilities  (e.g. no designated place for the school canteen, no running water, no electricity) need to be addressed.

School principal sister Christiane, children, parents and teachers as well as PHC are extremely grateful  to each and everyone of you who have through Global Giving made the launch of this early childhood education project possible.

We urgently need your continued support to fully implement the project and  give the children a chance for productive lives.  We also count on your advocacy of PHC among your friends and  family.

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