Much remains to be done to ensure full implementation of the Head Start for 230 Pre-School Children in Haiti project as outlined in our most recent report sent to donors two days ago.
This past year because of the unexpected and abrupt suspension of the School Feeding Program, subsidized by the Government of Haiti since 2008, Our Lady of Perpetual Help primary school was not able to provide each child with a nutritious daily meal--for many the only meal of the day. About half of the children suffer from hunger, abdominal pains and/or headaches, conditions that adversely affected their cognitive and educational performance during the school year 2014-2015.
To sustain progress achieved so far through implementation of the early education initiative project, it is urgent, at the onset of the 2015-2016 school year, to resume giving a daily nutritious meal to each child.
Your support for nutrition and education will increase the probability of success in primary school and beyond for preschoolers like Vanessa, Jeremie, Rose and Mayck whose stories were told in previous reports.
One great day to support education and nutrition for the preschoolers and enhance their learning will be WEDNESDAY JULY 15TH starting at 9:00:01 EDT when GlobalGiving will provide a 40% match to donations made on line until available matching funds are spent.
The children and the Sisters pray daily for their benefactors.
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On behalf of the children MESI ANPIL! (BIG THANK YOU IN HAITIAN CREOLE)
Monique P. Garrity
The 2014-2015 school year ended in June for the 200 K and pre-K children at Ecole Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors during this past year, pedagogical materials were again made available, teachers were better trained and remunerated, and two additional teachers were hired. This brought the total number of teachers and teachers’ aides to 8 and resulted in a student- teacher ratio of 25:1 compared to a high of 37:1 prior to the launch of the project.
Normil, head teacher of the pre-school, summed up her assessment of progress achieved: “ Because of the training we received last year and again at the beginning of this school year, for example on how to introduce the French language into communications, pre-numeracy and hygiene, among other topics, we were able to better educate the children. The children's academic level has improved and they are now more forthcoming and able to keep up with most activities. This past year was exciting for the teachers, the children, and their parents”.
Thank you very much for your interest in and support for our project. For next school year 2015-2016, please help up sustain progress achieved and continue bringing quality early childhood education to those at risk Haitian children.
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Launched in school year 2013-2014 the Head Start Project is having a noticeable impact on the education of the 200 K and pre-K children enrolled this year. Hiring of three additional teachers made possible by the program reduced the student teacher ratio from 46 in 2012-2013 to 28 in 2014-2015, thus allowing greater attention to each student. Moreover, under the project, the teachers are being trained on how to support the development of perceptual, motor, social and emotional skills aimed at increasing the children’s learning ability.
Benefitting from the project is five-year-old kindergarten student Mayk. He was orphaned at birth and taken care of by his older sister, who had to stop her studies and find a job to sustain Mayk and three other siblings. Thanks to his sister's assistance, Mayk was able to start kindergarten. Mayk has problems concentrating in class and often cries, but once given attention he stops crying, smiles, giggles, and gets back to studying. It was fortuitous that he started kindergarten as the new enhanced ECE program was being implemented. The capacity to help Mayk was there. Mayk is a very competent boy, and with proper care and education, he could achieve great things!
Your support as a donor to this project makes a difference in the lives of the 200 children benefitting from your support. The children, teachers and parents are most grateful to you.
Help us sustain progress achieved so far. We must continue to train the teachers and provide early education supplies, teaching materials, outdoor and play equipment and aim for the best education possible for these children.
Please send us your suggestions on how we can do better.
We further solicit your advice on how we can work together to attract wider support.
Pre-school programs for poor children are relatively new in Haiti. The pre-school program of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (OLPHS) in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite started only 6 years ago with extremely limited financial resources. Thanks to the generosity of our donors who contributed $2,000 (30% of total project cost), encouraging progress in enhancing the quality of early childhood education was made during the school year 2013-2014, the first year of the project . With these contributions, the school was able to purchase pedagogical materials and hire one additional teacher, bringing the student- teacher ratio down from 46 in 2012-2013 to 38 in 2013-2014.
The opportunity to attend kindergarten in 2013-2014 was a particularly powerful and transformative experience for Rose . At the age of five, she had been given up by her destitute mother to a family in town who treated her as “restavek” or child slave, responsible for a variety of domestic chores and working from sun-up to sun-down. Her situation was so dire that a neighbor who had befriended her brought her to the attention of the Sisters in charge of the orphanage, the same Sisters who are in charge of the school. This is how -- at the age of 8 years old and having never set foot in a school before -- she was enrolled in the kindergarten program where she thrived and was promoted to the first grade.
Today, 9 year old Rose, a former “restavek,” is one of the most motivated and performing first graders at OLPHS. She now has a chance to have a different, better and more productive life.We are most grateful to you, our generous donors, and we count on your continued support for implementing the other key elements of the project: additional training and professional development of the teachers, hiring additional teachers to bring down even further the student teacher ratio, and provision of additional instructional materials.
Abandoned by his father and under the care of his indigent mother, Jeremie’s fate was to be that of thousands of impoverished Haitian children with no hope of attending school. In a chance encounter with Sister Christiane, Principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite in Haiti, his grandmother explained his dire situation and pleaded on his behalf for a chance to be admitted in the Preschool Program. This led to his being offered a scholarship starting school year 2013-2014.
His teacher reports that that he has adjusted very well to school. He is studious, quick, enthusiastic, and very much liked by the other students. He greatly enjoys time spent at school learning and playing.
On September 8, 2014 Jeremie was one of the 200 Preschool students who started the school year 2014-2015. Sister Christiane, teachers and parents of the Preschool students have high expectations to build on progress achieved in 2013-2014, first year of the GlobalGiving Head Start Project .
According to an assessment by the school principal of progress achieved last school year by the K students, 70% of the objectives were achieved. She writes: “...thanks to the Head Start Program, we have observed that the children made significant progress particularly in language, writing and drawing.”
Funds made available by the project provided basic educational materials, training and professional development for teachers and the construction of a safe courtyard for the children to play in.
Please donate today and help us provide quality early childhood education to 200 vulnerable Haitian children very eager to learn . Thank you for supporting our efforts.
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