As 2011 draws to a close, we are inspired and thankful for what we have accomplished through your generous support. Your donations have provided for a computer room for grades K-6 at Les Bons Samartitains and for a newly installed computer room at the recently opened James Stine College, both in St. Marc. Thanks to you, the poorest of the poor in Haiti have educational access to the world through the Internet and classroom interactive white boards. As you can see from the pictures and video (see link), students have been able to engage in amazing learning experiences like interacting with a human skeletal system on the interactive white board. You continue to provide hope for Haiti’s future sustainability through the development of Haiti’s greatest natural resource, its children.
We continue to need funding for sustainability of our technology and projects. Internet connectivity, technology maintenance, and student and staff training are just a few of the expenses our project incurs. Please consider an end of the year gift to close out 2011 and to look forward to an even more productive 2012.
Thank you for your continued support and happy holidays!
I’m certain you can think of caring teachers who have made a profound impact on your life. Likewise, I’m equally sure that the Internet and recent technological innovations have also made a profound impact on your life. When we combine skilled, thoughtful teaching with the power of Internet technologies, impactful learning flourishes.
In the United States, we take access to highly trained teachers and the Internet for granted. When we send our children to school each day, it is certain that they will be guided by teachers who have a college degree, ongoing continuing education, and in most cases, a graduate degree. In addition it is almost certain that our children will have direct or indirect learning experiences through the Internet and computer technology. In Haiti, it is extremely rare to have a school with highly trained teachers combined with Internet access. Our partnering schools in Haiti have that unique combination. Imagine what a difference those combined elements can make in the lives of Haitian students and the potential for positive change within a challenged country. In fact, with access to the Internet at school, Haitian teachers can engage in their own professional development which will further enhance the education potential of their students.
Our Palmyra-Haiti technology project has had the good fortune to have been originated and sustained by caring teachers. These teachers have seen the value of education and technology in their own lives and those of their students. They see what a unique opportunity this project has been in transforming lives in Haiti. Our teachers have donated over $4,500 to this project to date! In addition, they have given their time and talent to related education projects, fundraisers, and humanitarian aid drives for our peers in Haiti. Our teachers are modeling the importance of education and technology along with importance of caring for others. Our students, both in Haiti and Palmyra, are being influenced by the positive examples of teachers.
On Wednesday, October 19th, you have a great opportunity to honor and sustain the good work of the teachers associated with this project. GlobalGiving is having a 30% donation match that day. In addition, the Technology for Education Fund continues to match donations to our project 100% until their matching funds are depleted. Your donation has the potential of being matched 130% on that day! Please consider a donation of any amount this Wednesday. Your support is planting seeds in fertile soil, which will bear a rich harvest of fruit. This fruit has the potential of sustaining a challenged population.
Thank you for your continued support!
It has been a busy summer for our students in Haiti. The summer does mean a brief break from school however, student learning continues through summer camps run by students from the United States. It is a great cultural exchange as you can see from the photos below.
We are proud of our most recent graduates from Les Bons Samaritains as seen in the photo below. Your help in providing technology for these students has contributed greatly to their success. Many of these students will be moving on to our newly completed school this fall, the James Stine College. Though your generous support we will be able to purchase technology for a computer room at the James Stine College that will be similar to the computer room at Les Bons Samaritains.
Once students have completed the curriculum at the James Stine College, they will be ready to enter medical school, law school, and other graduate programs and technical schools. The technology and training you continue to provide for them will be critical to connect them to the Internet based, global marketplace. Through this, they will have the capacity to effect positive, sustainable change in Haiti for generations to come.
Intel Corporation, through the Technology for Education Fund, continues to match any contribution to our project dollar for dollar. Please consider an additional one time or recurring contribution to our project to sustain this positive momentum. As always, thank you for your continued support, for without it, none of these achievements would be possible.