Textbooks Needed for 500 School Children in Haiti

Nov 19, 2012

Textbooks for Learning Enhancement of 500 School Students in Haiti

The  beneficiaries of this project are 500 plus children of grade one to grade 6 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite in Haiti.  Until the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, most of the students had no textbooks because their parents were too poor and could not buy books for them. Teachers and parents were conscious and concerned that the children were at a great learning disadvantage.

Thanks to an initial grant  from the German Foundation Stiftung Kinder-Hilfe, the first phase of the project was launched  in mid-October 2012 and provided primarily math, French and history textbooks.  At the beginning of the school year, the new principal--Sister Christiane--discussed the program with parents, teachers and students and explained that a second phase would  be supported  by funds mobilized  through GlobalGiving September 2012 Open Challenge. These funds transferred to PHC at the end of October and  to the school by November  will ensure that all students will receive the other required  texts, at the latest  by the beginning of the second trimester. 

The children were so excited to have  textbooks that they told Sister Christiane  that having their own textbooks felt like having received  "gifts from heaven"! Teachers and parents as well asked Sister  to express their gratitude to all  who made possible  this remarkable enhancement of learning  opportunities for the children.

Pictures included below were taken by a US visitor end September 2012, prior to the beginning of the new school year. The Sisters are not yet able to send pictures through the internet. In these pictures, Sister  Christiane and Sister Junie, Director of the orphanage assisted by a few students are putting plastic covers on all the books to better protect them. The students helping are the orphans of the Mission Patriotique Chretienne Orphanage also managed, on the same campus, by the Little Sisters of St. Theresa.  The orphanage has 60 orphans of whom 40 attend the primary school. 



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Partners for Haitian Children

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Monique P Garrity

Washington, DC United States

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