In many regards, 2010 was an extremely difficult year for Haiti. In January, an earthquake devastated Port au Prince, in the late summer a close brush with a hurricane, in the fall, a cholera epidemic. It is hard to comprehend the resiliency of the Haitian citizens who continue to have perseverance through such challenges. Thanks to your support, we offer hope to our peers in Haiti by supplying equal access to education through our Internet wiki project. Since June you have helped us raise over $14,000 to purchase a classroom set of Classmate PC laptops, which have provided excellent learning opportunities for the students at Les Bons Samaritains School. Since the school has an enrollment of over 600 students, we continue to seek funding for additional laptops to give more access to this wonderful learning resource. In addition, Internet service, technology staffing, and teacher training continue to require funding for sustainability of our program. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
In Palmyra, Pennsylvania, our high school students have been busy creating video blogs to promote our Palmyra-Haiti Wiki project through the help of a local credit union. Please click the link below to access their latest video.
Our middle school students have been learning about effective web page / wiki design from a professional web page designer at Lebanon Valley College. The students recently launched an improved wiki as a result of a web page design workshop. Please click on the link below to access the new Palmyra-Haiti Wiki Project site.
Our humanitarianism also continues as we have raised enough money to feed over 6,000 meals for Haitians through The Annual Cookie Sale to Combat World Hunger.
Please help spread the word about our project, which is offering hope in the midst of Haiti’s great challenges. Together, we are making a difference!
All the best,
The school year is well under way in the United States and has just recently started in Haiti. The students at Les Bons Samaritains are being greeted by a number of new computers thanks to your generosity. If you are able to further support this effort, GlobalGiving is having a matching campaign for ten days beginning at midnight on Tuesday, October 12th. During this campaign, GlobalGiving will match donations up to 50% until the matching fund is gone. Since there is a limited amount of matching funds available and over 2,500 projects competing for those funds, donations early on October 12th have the best opportunity to maximize giving.
In this new school year, Palmyra students have begun meeting to plan projects for our wiki collaborative with Les Bons Samaritains. At our first meeting, one of our student members excitedly suggested that we use the Young Artists For Haiti song, “Wavin’ Flag” as our theme song for this year. The song captures the pride and perseverance of the people of Haiti despite continued adversity. The refrain of the song resonates with me most.
When I get older, I will be stronger.
They’ll call me freedom just like a wavin’ flag.
When I have visited Les Bons Samaritains school in Haiti, I have always been impressed by the pride the students show in their country’s flag each morning as they line up to start their day. As the students get older and stronger in body and mind, that they will value the freedom that can be attained through education and help to sustain Haiti from within. With your help, those students can be as strong and as free as a wavin’ flag.
Thanks to your generosity we are well on our way to the $11,000 needed for our initial purchase of 20 Classmate PCs as well as for associated computer presentation technology for the computer room in Haiti. In anticipation of the Classmate PCs, volunteer work crews from Pennsylvania and Maryland traveled to Haiti to remodel and paint the computer room (see pictures).
As you may know, in addition to providing technology to students in Haiti, this project creates collaborative peer-to-peer education, cultural, and humanitarian exchanges between students at Les Bons Samaritains School in Haiti and students within the Palmyra, Pennsylvania school district. Lives are being impacted by this project in both countries. I’d like to share the touching story of Tate, one of our Palmyra students. Tate recently celebrated his birthday by asking his friends to donate money to this specific GlobalGIving project in lieu of purchasing gifts. Tate and his friends raised $200 for this project!
The Palmyra students have been busy promoting the Palmyra-Haiti wiki project through both print media and a radio interview. Please check out the links and pictures to see how this project is impacting students.
Through your support, you are helping to provide material tools to connect students from different countries and cultures. These tangible materials are essential for our project but they can’t compare with the intangible experiences that students, like Tate, are gaining through your support. Please help spread the word about our project and the difference we are making in students’ lives.
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