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May 21, 2014

Our Pre-School Class - the Future Leaders of Petit Trou, Haiti

Evaniaka at pre-school
Evaniaka at pre-school

Meet Evaniaka - or Evo as she is affectionately called:  Evo is the little girl in the photo, smiling out at us from under the table with pink ribbons in her hair.  She is in the youngest grade at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou, Haiti - the 3-year-old preschool class.  Evo lives with her extended family in a group of simple homes just a 5-minute walk from school.  Every morning Evo walks to the campus with her mother, Judith, who is a vocational student in the St. Paul's sewing program - learning to become a seamstress to help support her family.  After preschool lets out at mid-day, Evo goes over to the sewing school to be with her mom for the afternoon.  As you can imagine, Evo is the darling of that adult classroom!

Education is the foundation upon which the community's hopes for the future is built.  It is wonderful to look into the eyes of these youngest schoolchildren and see the future of Petit Trou.  They will become the teachers, the farmers, the seamstresses, the mechanics, and the healthcare providers of their community - literate and educated.

It only costs $25 per month per child to ensure that these pre-school students can continue into primary school and on to high school.  Please help Evo and her friends have that opportunity.  Their future is bright - if they can just stay in school. Thank you for your support and for your love of these children!

Arriving at school in the morning
Arriving at school in the morning
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
The school has grown a lot in the last 20 years!
Teachers help us learn lots of things
Teachers help us learn lots of things
Won't you help us grow?
Won't you help us grow?

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Feb 19, 2014

What a Party! St. Paul's School 25th Anniversary

School Youth Bring Gifts in Celebration
School Youth Bring Gifts in Celebration

Students, teachers and families at St. Paul's School in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti really know how to throw a party! For months eyes were set on the weekend of Jan. 25th, 2014, which marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of St. Paul's School. Begun under thatched roofs and stand-to's, with children gathered around teachers with no books or blackboards, St. Paul's now welcomes 700 students from pre-school to 10th grade to a modern and expanding site developed to be the best school in the region. St. Paul's staff and students had worked hard to become a government-recognized Center of Excellence, and they were ready to celebrate!

Dignitaries, political, social and cultural, poured into town for the weekend. Three visiting choirs joined their voices; parents brought gifts real and symbolic of their commitment to the school, and to show thanks for what the school does for the children. Madame Odette, one of the school's founders and behind-the-scenes provider of whatever is needed, received an award from the Colorado Haiti Project, which sent down 15 representatives. Some of the American guests were board members, former educational or medical mission trip participants, and long-standing supporters of the school.

Jean Fritz spoke at the party of a dream he had had over 25 years ago, that three men would come to the village and start a school. When three Episcopal priests showed up, he told them he had been waiting for them! And Guillot Tibert lived on the grounds of the school for many years, attending St. Paul's and now returned to it as bookkeeper, computer science and educator and star former pupil, who received a scholarship to higher education.

We hope you can taste some of the fun, music and celebration of our 25th Anniversary party through pictures and video on our website. And those of you that supported us last year, we invite you to donate now to the school in 2014 in increments of $25 in honor of our anniversary, to support the education of over 700 children. Thanks for everything you've done, and may do!

Haitian Dinner: Papaya, sweet potato, plantains
Haitian Dinner: Papaya, sweet potato, plantains
Parents bring their gifts
Parents bring their gifts
The Stars of the Show
The Stars of the Show
Guillot Tibert, computer science educator
Guillot Tibert, computer science educator
Jean Fritz, Who Had a Dream
Jean Fritz, Who Had a Dream

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Nov 20, 2013

The Latest We Are Thankful For!

Singing in any Language is a Joy!
Singing in any Language is a Joy!

As Thanksgiving approaches in the U.S., here's 4 things St. Paul's School in Haiti is grateful for that you made happen through your donations:

-St. Paul's received a Certificate of Excellence from the Haitian Ministry of Education, based on the 100% positive exam results for our 6th and 9th grades at the end of the 2012-2013 school year this summer.

- more scholarships have been added in the 2013-14 school year for students in 11th grade and above to continue their education after they finish at St. Paul's.
- A group of our educators at St. Paul's this month taught continuing education for the Haitian teachers in English as a Third Language, after Creole and French.  A couple of them were musicians, and taught the children to sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat (for the youngest) and Michelle, My Belle (for the older). The "r" and "th" sounds are especially hard to learn, and this made it fun, the kids had a ball!
And we're especially pleased that a graduate of St. Paul's has returned this year--as a TEACHER, after getting her advanced degree in education. Long-term community capacity building is happening, with your help! We hope you will remember our children and their families this time of year. Joy and blessings to you and your loved ones!
I Love My Teacher
I Love My Teacher
I'm At School Because of You!
I'm At School Because of You!
One-on-One Time Always Helps
One-on-One Time Always Helps

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