It’s the start of school in Haiti, and here at EDV, we’re marking the start of the year with mixed emotions. As most of you know the leader of the Foyer d’Orelph (FDO) orphanage, Valarie Delice, was killed in early 2012. Over the past months, we’ve worked hard to try to continue our scholarship programme at FDO, but it's now clear that the orphanage is struggling to meet even the children’s basic needs.
As a result children who are able to do so have gone to live with extended family and the FDO’s leaders are in the process of moving the remaining children to another orphanage. Once this move is complete the new orphanage will have responsibility for the children’s educations, so we will not be continuing our scholarship programme at FDO.
This is a sad development – we would have loved to have followed the 50 children we enrolled for the 2011 – 2012 school year through their entire education. But as one door closes, another opens.
Rather than end our scholarship programme, we’ve decided to re-launch with ten children at Institution Classique. Institution Classique is a high quality primary and secondary school located in the community of Clercine, Port-au-Prince.
Institution Classique was chosen as the site for our new scholarship programme because of its special focus on older children who have not previously attended school and its pre-existing scholarship programme. The school's scholarships are supported by other students’ fees, so for each child we pay for, the school is able to offer even more free places to children in need.
The children we’ve selected have been identified by community leaders as having no other means to attend school and being at high risk of falling into the cycle of poverty which has trapped their parents.
All of these kids have stories like Lovlie. Lovlie was abandoned by her parents and now lives with her grand mother. Neither of her parents, or her grand mother, completed more than a few years of school, and their lack of education is one of the reasons they haven’t been able to care send Lovlie to school themselves.
Our scholarship programme will break the cycle of poverty which has trapped Lovlie’s family for three generations by giving her the quality education she needs to create secure future for herself. Meet all ten of the children in our new scholarship programme.
While we’re sad to leave Foyer d’Orelph, we’re also excited about the year ahead. We’re starting small – but we aim to add more children to our new scholarship programme in each future year.
We hope that you’ll help kick this school year off to a great start by making a donation on October 17th when GlobalGiving will be matching all donations! That’s Wednesday so put it in your calendars.
Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and our warmest regards from Haiti.
Thanks to your fantastic support, the children currently enrolled in our scholarship programme have taken their exams!
It's no secret that it's been a tough year for all the kids you've supported. Their main care-giver, Valerie Delice, passed away, and his death disrupted school for more than a month. Many of the older students took on more responsibility for the younger children in the orphanage, and all of the children were distracted by their grief.
But despite overwhelming challenges, the kids studied hard, and half of them have passed their exams on the first try! This is an amazing achievement given all the difficulties these children have overcome in the past two years and we are inspired by their determination to continue learning.
Children who received the equivalent to a "D" in the US will be given the opportunity to resit their exams, while children with lower grades will repeat the grade. To help all the kids prepare for next year and the resitting of their exams, the teachers will be tutoring students over the summer.
These kids have stuck with their studies through challenges that would leave many adults paralysed with grief. We're incredibly proud of what they've achieved this school year.
None of the children's' achievements would have been possible without your generosity. Thank you so much for helping the children in our scholarship programme through the challenges that 2012 presented.
We'll be taking the summer to review the programme with the teachers and orphanage staff and, when school starts up again in the fall, we hope you'll be there with us, ready to continue supporting education in Haiti.
Thanks again for your support, and our warmest regards,
The children in our scholarship programme continue to grow in school despite the many challenges they face and we’re delighted to report that they’re all still succeeding in class and enjoying learning.
As we approach Mother’s Day in the US, we hope that you’ll keep the kids in the scholarship programme in mind by giving a Mother’s Day Gift through GlobalGiving. If you use the money you might have spent on flowers, a card, or another gift to make a donation in honour of your mom, GlobalGiving will send her a lovely card.
A GlobalGiving tribute card makes a fantastic mother’s day gift. These cards are small, but rich in meaning.
As a bonus, GlobalGiving will be awarding financial prizes for the organisation which receives the most mother’s day donations between May 1st and May 7th.
We hope that this mother’s day, you’ll choose to give mom a gift that also helps Haitian children build a better tomorrow. You can easily send your gift by clicking here.
Thanks so much for all you’ve already given to support education in Haiti, and our warmest regards from Port au Prince.
First of all, our apologies for taking so long since our last update! It’s been a challenging, emotional time for the scholarship programme. In January 2012, the leader of the orphanage where the children in our scholarship programme live and attend school, Valerie Delice, was killed in a car accident.
Val was a kind and self-less man who devoted his life to children who would otherwise have been on the street. His death was deeply upsetting for all of us at EDV. Its effects on the orphaned children who called him a father have been unimaginable.
Following Val’s death, there were concerns that the orphanage and the school would be forced to close. We spent more than a month in contact with other orphanage supporters and Val’s friends and family trying to decide what was right for the children. In the end, all agreed that the children should stay together and stay in school, but there was no one to run the orphanage. For a time, it looked hopeless.
But “hopeless” isn’t a word that appears very often in the Haitian vocabulary.
Since those early difficult days, Val’s friends have taken shared responsibility for the orphanage. The community has rallied, and today, while challenges remain, the orphanage is open and working its way back to security.
35 of the original 50 children in our scholarship children are in school, and we plan to bring the rest of the children back into school as soon as possible. The future is anything buy certain, but we’re proud that despite enormous challenges, 70% of the children in the programme have stayed in school.
If it hadn’t been for your generous donations we wouldn’t have had the resources to continue supporting the children in our scholarship programme through their grief. Thank you so much for all you’ve given. We hope that you realise what your support has meant to these kids who have faced so much hardship and loss in their short lives.
Today, we are turning our attention to the challenges and joys which are sure to lie around the corner. The kids need the support of donors like you more than ever, so please give what you can, share this update, and help us find the resources we need to keep these vulnerable children in school.
Thanks again, and our warmest regards.
As 2011 draws to a close, we can’t believe all that you’ve helped us achieve. With your support, we’ve been able to build classrooms, put teachers back to work, and offer a primary school education to 50 children. Much remains to be done, but thanks to your generosity, hundreds of Haitian children will be able to start 2012 with hope. As we approach Christmas, we hope you’ll encourage friends and family to follow in your footsteps by sharing this page and encouraging them to make a tax deductible donation.
You can also help us win extra funding this holiday season by giving gifts to friends and family through this page.
To give a gift to a loved one, simply go to the project page and find the “Gift idea” button over the donation amounts. The project that raises the most through these gifts will win extra funding! One last time, we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to you for your generosity over the past year. Merry Christmas, and we hope you have the happiest of New Years.
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