The beginning of this school year was unlike any other for the 230 pre-K and K children at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school in Petite-Riviere de l'Artibonite in Haiti. For the first time in the history of the school resources, though quite limited, were made available to provide tailored training to the six K and pre-K teachers prior to the opening of the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, educational games, arts and crafts materials and age appropriate books, gave a richer and more varied educational experience. This new learning environment also raised expectations of children, teachers, parents and the community and energized all concerned.
Sister Christiane, Principal of the school, expressed her appreciation as follows:
"This year, thanks to GlobalGiving financing, we are able to provide books for the children and support the teachers with new supplies and educational materials. This has created a learning environment highly appreciated by teachers, parents and the larger community. We are most grateful to our donors who made possible the progress achieved so far. Much remains to be done to reach and sustain high quality early childhood education for these vulnerable Haitian children."
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On October 7, 2013 , the school year started for 230 disadvantaged boys and girls attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite. These children were excited to reunite with their friends and teachers and many looked forward to again having a daily hot meal.
Most of these children come from poor families and no more than 30% of the parents are able to pay the full yearly tuition of US$46. Parents are often illiterate and children undernourished or malnourished. For them, pre-school -- a relatively new development in Haiti for at risk children-- is an oasis where they have the opportunity to learn in a nurturing environment.
Five year old Vanessa Charlemagne was particularly excited to have the opportunity to go to school. The daugher of a single mother unable to care for her, she has had a hard life being shifted from friends to friends and suffered as well from malnutrition. Her situation was so dire that the orphanage which shares the campus with the school agreed to take care of her and gave her the opportunity to be one of the 230 pre-schoolers who will benefit from the Global Giving Project.
The recently launched Pre-School project promises to be a real game changer for these at risk children. Thanks to the project, they will have more and better trained teachers as well as educational resources for new activities that will promote their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills and better prepare them for formal education.
To learn more about Head Start for 230 Pre-School Children in Haiti and pledge additional support, please visit http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti/
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