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.
Jan 15, 2015

ROSE : FROM " RESTAVEK" TO KINDERGARTEN

ROSE
ROSE

Pre-school programs for poor children are relatively new in Haiti. The pre-school program of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School  (OLPHS) in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite  started only 6 years  ago with extremely limited financial resources.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors who contributed  $2,000 (30% of total project cost), encouraging progress  in  enhancing the quality of early childhood education was made during  the  school  year 2013-2014, the  first year of the project .  With these contributions, the school was able to purchase pedagogical materials and hire one additional teacher, bringing the student- teacher ratio down from 46 in 2012-2013 to 38 in 2013-2014.

The opportunity to attend kindergarten in 2013-2014 was a particularly powerful and transformative experience for Rose .  At the age of five, she had been given up by her destitute mother to a family in town who treated her as “restavek” or child slave, responsible for a variety of domestic chores and working from sun-up to sun-down. Her situation was so dire that a neighbor who had befriended her brought her to the attention of the Sisters in charge of the orphanage, the same Sisters who are in charge of the school. This is how -- at the age of 8 years old and having never set foot in a school before -- she was enrolled in the kindergarten program where she thrived and was promoted to the first grade.

Today, 9 year old Rose, a former “restavek,” is one of the most motivated and performing first graders at  OLPHS.  She now has a chance to have a different, better and more productive life.We are most grateful to you, our generous donors, and we count on your continued support for implementing the other key elements of the project: additional training and professional development of the teachers, hiring additional teachers to bring down even further the student teacher ratio, and provision of additional instructional materials.

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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