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.
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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Sep 9, 2014

An Oasis

Les Bons Samaritains Students
Les Bons Samaritains Students

Dear supporters,

It is hard to describe the oasis that the Good Samaritan School and the James Stine College are in the midst of so many economic and environmental challenges present in St. Marc, Haiti. It is an oasis of hope for all of the enthusiastic students fortunate enough to attend the schools, their families who love them, the faculty and staff who work to bring out the best in them, and the financial support of many that is needed to fuel their academic achievement. The students value the faith put in them and have demonstrated that by their achievement on the Haitian National Exams. On the most recent exams, James Stine High School ranked 3rd in the Department of Artibonite out of 257 other schools in passing percentage of 12th graders with 97% passing. (The regional passing average was only 20% for 12th graders.) In addition, 100% of our 6th graders at Les Bons Samaritains passed the National Exam.

Know that your support is providing opportunities for bright, gifted, hardworking students to discover and maximize their potential! In this our 5th year on GlobalGiving, we look forward to celebrating more good things happening in Haiti!

 

Thank you for partnering with the students of Les Bons Samaritans and the James Stine College!

Jun 23, 2014

A Tale of Two Brothers - a touching story

Tate and Sam
Tate and Sam

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your continued support, touching stories have been a welcome byproduct of our project.  One such story is a tale of two brothers, Sam and Tate.  Five years ago this month, our project started its journey on GlobalGiving.  Sam was in 7th grade and Tate was in 2nd grade.  Sam participated in our project through work on our project’s wiki and by doing video and radio promotions for it.  Tate, inspired by his brother’s heart for Haiti, decided that he wanted to contribute to his brother’s adopted cause as well.  He hosted a birthday party and encouraged his friends not to bring presents for him but to bring donations to our project instead. His friends generously donated $200 to the project back then.

Fast-forward five years.  Acclaimed author, Homa Tavangar, picked up on this act of kindness by a young elementary student and published it in her coauthored book, The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners, as an example of how students can make a positive global impact through acts of generosity.  Tate’s inspired act of kindness from his brother’s positive example can now be viewed by many on page 169 of this very worthy book, coauthored by Becky Morales. Our project is also highlighted on page 98 of this wonderful resource.  Pictures and information about this book can be found at the conclusion of this update.

Please help stories like this continue! Mark calendar for Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day, which will begin June 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM (EDT) (noon) and will end June 26, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). There is $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft. Matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out. What a great opportunity to help celebrate our 5 years of success on GlobalGiving by continuing the legacy of what you have helped to start.  Please share this report with friends and family who may want to help enhance the learning opportunities of children in Haiti.

Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners
Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners
Tate
Tate's story on page 169 of the book
Tate
Tate's party from 5 years ago
Sam at a radio promotion for our project
Sam at a radio promotion for our project
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