Mortel Family Charitable Foundation

The Foundation serves the economically, intellectually, and socially deprived children and adults of Haiti. The mission of our schools and programs is to educate and care for the poorest of the poor of the region.
Mar 2, 2015

A Wiki and a Blog: Haiti, Palmyra, & Notre Dame

Student led wiki work in Haiti
Student led wiki work in Haiti

Dear Friends,

During this unusually cold and harsh winter, it is warming to think of the smiling students in Haiti that have benefited from your generosity!

On a recent Saturday, our students from Les Bon Samaritans and James Stine College in Haiti gathered for a student run wiki training session. During that same week, our students in Palmyra worked on the wiki, adding content on their own topics of interest.  It is gratifying to see students from two very different cultural backgrounds and experiences, work on a common project. Years ago when blogs and wikis were new on the scene, this global collaborative began with a vision of collaboration, creation, and outreach, which continues today.

In January, the University of Notre Dame (Alumni Association) highlighted our project on their alumni service blog! The post spotlights the history of our project, notable connections as well as the school's founder, Dr. Rodrigue Mortel. Read more on the ND blog at the link below this update.

Our next fundraising opportunity is on Wednesday, March 18th, when GlobalGiving will host a funds Matching Day starting at 9:00am EDT where all donations to our project will receive a 30% Match. Thank you for continuing to spread the word about our project and the Matching Day on March 18th as well as encouraging people to like our facebook page. We have found that opportunities to raise awareness about the needs in Haiti often come from unexpected sources, so your help in spreading the word is so appreciated!

As we look forward to the promise of spring, we look forward to continued opportunities to make global connections and assist bright, talented students in Haiti! Thank you for partnering with us to achieve this goal!

Student wiki work in Palmyra
Student wiki work in Palmyra
Servius leading wiki training in Haiti
Servius leading wiki training in Haiti
Notre Dame University has a heart for Haiti : )
Notre Dame University has a heart for Haiti : )
Palmyra students promoting our project
Palmyra students promoting our project

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Dec 20, 2014

A Joy Filled Visit

The joy of health and an opportunity to learn.
The joy of health and an opportunity to learn.

We recently returned from a visit to our project partner schools in Haiti. If there was a word to recap our visit, it would be joy.  Joy in the opportunity for health, life, safety, and education, which are not to be taken for granted in Haiti.  Joy for the amazing opportunities that technology provides through our project.  Joy of collaboration and connectedness between students in the United States and students in Haiti.

The two youth from the United States that came with us on our trip to Haiti served as ambassadors of our Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project.  They came with curiosity, excitement and joy and they were met with reciprocal curiosity, excitement and joy from their peers in Haiti.  Light colored skin, light hair and braces were curiosities.  A love of soccer, technology and learning were commonalities.

As adults, my wife and I were filled with joy watching students from different cultures, backgrounds and languages joyfully interact with each other.  It was a genuine validation of the work that this project is accomplishing.

It was a fruitful visit from our project’s productivity standpoint.  We met with students and staff at both of our partner schools, Les Bons Samaritains and James Stine College, to discuss and collaborate on our Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project.  At Les Bons Samaritains (our elementary school), we conducted training on technical aspects of wiki usage.  At James Stine College (our High School), we had trainings on Facebook and GlobalGiving posts along with discussion of current and future technology needs at our two partner schools.  We will share those needs with you in a future project report.

We had a deeper joy with these meetings.  A joy of accomplishment and of a continued future of accomplishment through your support.  Johnson, Yves, Servius, are a few of the incredibly bright and talented student leaders at James Stine College who have benefited from our project.  Servius was highlighted in an article by the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette regarding post Haitian earthquake success stories. His featured success was his technology prowess, in part, thanks to your support of our project.  Look for other updates and pictures of this joy filled visit in future project reports, but know that your support has, is, and will continue to make a significant impact in the lives of students in Haiti and in the United States.

We thank you for your support of our recent Microsoft, Youth Spark Fund Matching Day!  Thanks to the generosity of many, our project received over $1,500 in donations during that campaign.

Please celebrate our project’s success by sharing posts and encouraging others to like our project on Facebook. And thank you, also, for partnering with us to bring joy to the faces of our students in Haiti. Your investment is making a real difference in the lives of these deserving students!

Best wishes for a joy filled holiday and a happy new year.

The joy of mutual curiosity.
The joy of mutual curiosity.
The curiosity of braces.
The curiosity of braces.
Helen conducting wiki training at LBS
Helen conducting wiki training at LBS
The technology club at Les Bons Samaritains
The technology club at Les Bons Samaritains
The James Stine College Technology Club
The James Stine College Technology Club
Yves working on a Facebook project post.
Yves working on a Facebook project post.

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Nov 25, 2014

A Year of Opportunity

The joy of opportunity
The joy of opportunity

Season’s Greetings!

     As we approach the end of the year, we reflect on some of our project achievements and look forward to a coming year of renewed opportunity.  Through it all, your support continues to sustain our project and to help it prosper.

     In the spring of this year, we have had the great privilege of being guests of His Excellency, Ambassador Paul Altidore,at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC.  Along with great Haitian hospitality, we were warmly recognized for our project’s accomplishments.

     As summer started, our project was awarded a grant to purchase an Intel Classmate PC to show our supporters in the United States, the technology we have purchased for our partner schools in Haiti.

     In November, some of our project members participated in the High Hopes for Haiti 5K run (HHH5K) in Baltimore to support our schools in Haiti.  Both active and alumni members of our project were present at the 5k event.

     As we close out the year, we will be heading to our schools in Haiti to help facilitate some technology training for students and staff at our schools.  We will be bringing a signed card from our students at Palmyra to give to our students in Haiti and our Haiti students will be doing the same for our return trip.

     An important opportunity to help our project to continue to accomplish great things is through an amazing Giving Tuesday event!  As you think about holiday giving please keep our project in mind. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 2nd (9am and 3pm). Once again, Microsoft#YouthSpark will provide a 100% Match to all donations to our project at 9am and 3pm on#GivingTuesday – December 2nd!

As always, your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays,

Alumni project member Nicole with me at the HHH5K
Alumni project member Nicole with me at the HHH5K
Project member Brian and Dr. Mortel at the HHH5K
Project member Brian and Dr. Mortel at the HHH5K
Some of our Palmyra project members
Some of our Palmyra project members
Inside of the card we will take to Haiti
Inside of the card we will take to Haiti
Outside of the card we will take to Haiti
Outside of the card we will take to Haiti

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