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.
Feb 18, 2014

New Head Start Progam Raises Learning Expectations

The beginning of this school year was unlike any other for the 230 pre-K and K children at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school in Petite-Riviere de l'Artibonite in Haiti.  For the first time in the history of the school resources, though quite limited, were made available to provide tailored training to the six K and pre-K teachers prior to the opening of the 2013-2014 school year.  In addition, educational games, arts and crafts materials and age appropriate books, gave a richer and more varied educational experience.  This new learning environment also raised expectations of children, teachers, parents and the community and energized all concerned.

Sister Christiane, Principal of the school, expressed her appreciation as follows:

"This year, thanks to GlobalGiving financing, we are able to provide books for the children and support the teachers with new supplies and educational materials.  This has created a learning environment highly appreciated by teachers, parents and the larger community. We are most grateful to our donors who made possible the progress achieved so far.  Much remains to be done to reach and sustain high quality early childhood education for these vulnerable Haitian children."

Please help us reach our goal of providing each K and pre-K child a challenging and inspiring learning experience. If you can please sign up for a recurring monthly gift.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti/

Dec 9, 2013

Textbook Project Underpins 500 Haitian Children's Learning

Emmanuella, a forme " restavec", now a 4th grader
Emmanuella, a forme " restavec", now a 4th grader

On October 7, 2013, the teachers and 500 students in grades 1-6 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite returned to the classroom.  As reported previously, the project which made key textbooks in reading, grammar and mathematics available to all the children had a huge impact last year on the learning environment.

One of the beneficiairies of the Project is Emmanuella who now has a chance to realize her educational potential.  She is a former "restavec" or child-slave who was abused physically and had only one year of formal education prior to starting at the school in 2011.  She was then 10 years old and put in second grade.  She is smart and talented, works hard and has adjusted extremely well at the school.  Now whe is a thirteen-year-old 4th grader at the school.

We thank you for giving a chance to many disadvantaged children like Emmanuella to pursue their education and make a difference for their families, communities and their native Haiti. The gains realized would have been impossible without your personal commitment and financial support.We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity. We are pleased to let you know that the sustainability of the program is expected to be ensured through recycling and affordable rental fees for the books as well as occasional external support.

In view of the above,  we are deactivating this project and  hereby solicit your support for our  high priority new Global Giving Project—http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head/-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti.   The Head Start  project for 230 pre-school children who live in a harsh environment of pervasive poverty aims at ensuring that they are better prepared to fully benefit from a primary school curriculum.  The project supports teachers’ training, hiring of teachers’ aides and pedagogical materials to further the children’s physical, cognitive and social development.
Please help these children get a high quality early childhood education. We thank you for your continued partnership.

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Nov 18, 2013

A Promising Good Year for Pre-School Haitian Children

Pre-School II Teacher Josette
Pre-School II Teacher Josette

On October 7, 2013 , the school year started for 230 disadvantaged boys and girls attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite.  These children were excited to reunite with their friends and teachers and many  looked forward to again having a daily hot meal.

Most of these children come from poor families and no more than  30% of the parents are able to pay the  full yearly tuition of US$46. Parents are often illiterate and children undernourished or malnourished.  For them, pre-school -- a relatively new development in Haiti for at risk children--  is an oasis where they have the opportunity to learn in a nurturing environment.

Five year old Vanessa Charlemagne was particularly excited to have the opportunity to go to school.  The daugher of a single mother unable to care for her, she has had a hard life being shifted from friends to friends and suffered  as well from malnutrition. Her situation was so dire that the orphanage which shares the campus with the school agreed to take care of her  and gave her the opportunity to be  one of the 230 pre-schoolers who will benefit from the Global Giving Project.

The recently launched Pre-School  project promises to be a real game changer for these at risk children. Thanks to the project, they will have more and better trained teachers as well as educational resources for new activities that will promote their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills and better prepare them for formal education.

To learn more about Head Start for 230 Pre-School Children in Haiti and pledge additional support, please visit http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti/ 

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