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.
Jun 3, 2013

A Spring of Good Fortune

Our booth at the Palmyra Pride Showcase
Our booth at the Palmyra Pride Showcase

Dear supporters,

Your support continues to bring us unique opportunities and good fortune for our project.  This spring, those opportunities were plentiful.

In March, we were invited to share our project during our school district’s Palmyra Pride Showcase.  Modeled after a craft fair venue, our project was well represented among many amazing displays.  We even gave out free samples of Pikliz (spicy Haitian coleslaw) to share some of the culinary culture of Haiti.

In April, our project partnered with the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) as they embarked on a visit to our schools in St. Marc, Haiti. IESC conducted trainings for students and teachers as well as provided many hours of volunteer service to provide technical support for our computer rooms at the schools.  We were able to have Skype sessions with the Intel team prior to their trip and during their stay at James Stine College. We are extremely grateful for their generosity in giving of their time and talent to our project. More detailed information on the IESC visit will be presented in a future update. To find out more about IESC, please click the link at the end of this report.

As April drew to a close, our project was the keynote event at the annual Lebanon County Educational Honor Society (LCEHS) banquet. The theme for this year’s banquet was Educators Reaching Out to the World. We received a warm reception and generous contributions from banquet attendees.

May brought us the opportunity to have a Skype interview with Homa S. Tavangar. Homa is the author of the popular Random House Publishing book, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be At Home in the World.  Our students asked Homa a variety of interesting questions about her life and her upcoming book, The K-5 Global Education Toolkit. Our project will be one of the projects that Homa highlights in her upcoming book.  More information about Homa and Growing Up Global can be found at the web link at the end of this report.

If you have not done so yet, please consider "Liking" our project's Facebook page.  A link to our Facebook page can be found at the end of this report.

Please mark down June 12th on your calendar and share the date with friends and family.  June 12th is GlobalGiving’s next donation matching day. Donations may be matched by up to 50% starting at 9 am EDT that day only. Any sized tax-deductible contribution helps our project.   

 Thank you for your continued support!

Our Skype interview with an IESC volunteer
Our Skype interview with an IESC volunteer
Our keynote presentation at LCEHS
Our keynote presentation at LCEHS
Our Skype Interview with Homa S. Tavangar
Our Skype Interview with Homa S. Tavangar
Please consider "Liking" our Facebook page
Please consider "Liking" our Facebook page

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Mar 11, 2013

Palmyra Pride

Nicole -  Wiki Project Manager
Nicole - Wiki Project Manager

Dear Supporters,

I would like to introduce myself. My name in Nicole and I am one of the high school project managers for the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project. As a student I am proud to have been involved with the project since the beginning. This project has given me the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and give back on a global level. It is truly amazing to see the growth and the community support behind our project since 2009.

Moving ahead, our middle school and high school groups have been working diligently.  Although each of our school groups are separated geographically, we have been video conferencing via iPads. We have been able to accomplish a great deal through these conferences.

Some exciting times are headed our project’s way!

  • On March 25 the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project will be featured at Palmyra Pride Night. This our school district’s public event to share our recent accomplishments with the community as well as promote it.
  • Intel Education Service Corps will be visiting our schools in Haiti this April. While in Haiti they will be training teachers and students on the computers along with servicing any technical equipment. (link below)
  • Our project may be highlighted in an upcoming book by Homa Travanger. More details to come in a future update.

GlobalGiving’s first bonus matching funds day of 2013 is Wednesday, March 13th.  On this day, beginning at 9am EST, GlobalGiving will match up to $1000 per donor up to 30%. Please consider a gift on that day.

If you have not had the opportunity to “Like” our Facebook page, please do so by clicking the link below.  Please share the link with family and friends.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Megan & Santina - Wiki Project Team Members
Megan & Santina - Wiki Project Team Members

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Feb 19, 2013

Moving Ahead

Palmyra-Haiti Technology Meeting In Progress
Palmyra-Haiti Technology Meeting In Progress

Dear Supporters,

As we all move ahead to a new year, so too does the progress of our project.  Currently, we are in the middle of a technology infrastructure upgrade at the James Stine College in St. Marc.  We are undergoing improvements to increase the efficiency and reliability of the Internet service at the school.  We hope to utilize these upgrades soon as our collaboration continues to evolve.

At our schools in Palmyra, PA, we have a middle school club and a high school club.  Although separated by about a mile of geography, our clubs meet simultaneously through Internet conferencing which is some of the same technology we have used with our peers in Haiti.  Our high school students use iPads and Facetime to lead project teams at our middle school.  We continue to look for ways to expand our reach and our services to our peers in Haiti.

We have many events positively impacting our project this spring, such as…

  • The staff of the Palmyra Area School District had a casual dress day fundraiser for our project and raised over $650.
  • Intel Education Service Corps will visit our schools in St. Marc (see link below).
  • Our project may be highlighted in an upcoming book by a noted author.
  • A regional educational honor society has invited our Palmyra students to make a presentation about our project at an upcoming banquet.

More details on these events will be highlighted in future updates.

GlobalGiving’s first bonus matching funds day is just around the corner.  Please mark Wednesday, March 13th on your calendar.  On this day, beginning at 9am EST, GlobalGiving will match up to $1000 per donor up to 30%. Please consider a gift on that day.

If you have not had the opportunity to “Like” our Facebook page, please do so by clicking the link below.  Please share the link with family and friends.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

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