It’s the middle of a busy exam season at the English in Mind (EIM) Institute!
In September we administered over 100 Cambridge exams to students in our four highest levels. Many students passed on their first try, and others are working extra hard this month on revision classes to be successful during a November retake.
We’re especially proud to announce that after passing our highest-level exam (CAE), two of our Advanced 2 students – Merove Edeus and Richardson Jean — are now officially EIM graduates!
Part of the reward of completing our program is that we will now sponsor these bright students to take the TOEFL exam in 2015. Although we won’t directly administer the TOEFL, we’ll be offering a special training course to help Merove and Richardson do their very best.
Last month EIM also welcomed a new group of volunteers from all over the US, Canada and the UK. They helped teach extra revision classes and practiced some test-taking techniques that our students will find crucial during their retake. They also provided a much-needed dose of fun during this otherwise stressful period!
Lastly, on a personal note, on September 15th we welcomed our newest EIM student to the world. Anne Christine Zamor, the beautiful baby girl of our principal Brunel was born this day and we couldn’t be happier for him and his lovely wife Roselene. We’re sure Anne will be speaking English in no time!
EIM’s continued success wouldn’t be possible without your support – thank you so very much!
As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Your on-going support of the English in Mind (EIM) Institute continues to change lives in Haiti. The school thrives because of your generosity – but you aren’t the only ones supporting EIM.
A group of international supporters continue to travel to the school and help the Haitian staff and students. For this project report, we asked international team leader – Stephanie Price – to write an update on how EIM is developing:
“2014 has been a big year so far for English in Mind Institute!
In the spring we transitioned to a new, temporary building, which gives us more space to hold our classes simultaneously. We also have our own computer lab at the new school complete with six newly donated laptops with WiFi connection. In addition, we received a grant, which allowed us to outfit our teachers with iPads and projectors for their classes.
These advances in technology enable us to provide more English resources to our students that go beyond the textbook. In June, we also welcomed Jonathon Ende, the founder of several tech-start ups in New York who offered web coding classes to our Advanced students. Learning English is about connecting ourselves with the larger world and being more tech savvy will give us a true advantage moving forward.
Jonathon was not the only foreign volunteer to visit EIM this year. As of July we’ve already welcomed six new groups of American and Canadian volunteers to Haiti! These new friends taught us extra classes and administered additional test prep for our final exams in September. We also enjoyed extra time socializing outside the classroom, to further a cultural exchange that goes beyond English. Many of our students have noted that getting regular exposure to native English speakers is a true advantage of EIM, as it’s an opportunity rarely granted at other institutes.
What’s next for us? Last month we opened up registration for new 2015 students and were overwhelmed by the response. We had over 100 applicants on the very first day of sign ups and had to stop accepting names. Come November we’ll be able to decide how many we can afford to admit.
We also have two exciting new announcements: First, as of this month we’ve officially put a deposit down on our very own piece of land in Clercine! Construction won’t begin until late 2015 but it’s extremely exciting (and relieving) to have our own property and no longer be dependent on renting, which in Haiti can be unstable.
Secondly, after a long two-year process, our Haitian principal Brunel is proud to announce that EIM received its registration from the Haitian government. We’re official!”
All these developments wouldn’t be possible without your support – thanks so very much!
We’re delighted to report that the English in Mind Institute just keeps growing!
Today, the school has 190 students. One of the school’s very first teachers is Omega. Omega learned English as a child, and, long before this project was posted on the internet, Omega realised that when he taught his friends and neighbours English, their lives improved.
So Omega teamed up with the school’s founder, Brunel, and began to hold classes wherever they could find the space. They didn’t have books, chairs, even a roof over their heads.
They did what they could. 10 students memorised basic phrases copied onto a piece of paper. Most of the time their only roof was a tarp which leaked in the rain, so they sat in the rain and studied. But despite the difficult conditions, every week students came to class, so Omega and Brunel persevered.
Their force of will built EIM’s foundations – and your generosity turned it from a dream into a thriving school.
Omega always had it in him to be a fantastic teacher, but without you he never would have had that opportunity. Thanks for investing in the school which allows him to change lives every day!
As we celebrate the school’s success, we also have to keep an eye on the future. And, as always, funds are essential to keeping the school open.
Happily, Microsoft is making it easier than ever to fund the school. In a month, Microsoft will double every donation you make! That means that, while it would normally cost $300 to send a student to school for a year, on June 25th you can fund a year’s education for just $150.
That makes June 25th a fantastic day to give!
Thanks again for everythign you've done to help Omega. As always, if you have any questions about how we use your donations, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear form you!
Did you know that you’re not the only international support EIM receives? A few weeks ago a team of international volunteers traveled to the school to support EIM’s Haitian teachers.
The volunteers help the advanced students perfect nuances like pronunciation and provide extra classes on topics students find difficult.
Most importantly of all – they expand the network of EIM supporters worldwide who make is possible for students like Osnard to find jobs.
While the volunteers who recently joined us overseas are important, they wouldn’t have anything to do if it wasn’t for your generosity. Today, Microsoft will be matching your gifts by 50% - and that makes today a great day to give!
Normally, you would have to give around $300 to fund a student’s education for a year. Today you can fund a year of school for a student like Osnard for just $200.
We hope you’ll give what you can today and spread the word about how far your donations will go today!
Thanks so much, and – as always – if you have any questions about how we’re using your donations please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
First and foremost – thanks so much to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts on February 12th went 30% further to change the lives of 150 students at EIM.
Your generosity is making so many success stories possible that we can barely keep up!
We recently heard from a student named Davidson. You funded Davidson’s education right here on GlobalGiving. In that project we described how Davidson’s education would help him find a job and support his family.
We’re delighted to report that, with your support, Davidson has done exactly that! He's now working at a local non-profit tutoring vulnerable young people in English.
Not only does Davidson’s job help him, but his work enriches the lives of teens who would otherwise lack the education they need to build a secure future.
Thanks so much for making Davidson’s success and the success of all of Davidson’s students possible!
If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have.
Thanks again, and we wish you all the best!
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