Partners for Haitian Children

Founded in 2006, PHC supports community-based institutions which educate vulnerable Haitian children so that they can reach their potential and become builders of a new Haiti where justice and peace thrive. Currently, PHC partners with the Haitian Congregation,the Little Sisters of St. Theresa (PSST), an indigenous Haitian congregation which has been serving the poorest of the poor in Haiti since 1948 and enjoys the trust of the communities where it operates. The education that they provide stresses values and ethics such as dignity of each person, respect for life and sense of the common good.
Jan 28, 2016

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016

Daily Nutritional Meal Enhances Learning
Daily Nutritional Meal Enhances Learning

The 200 preschoolers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite/Haiti have now excitedly

returned to school for their second trimester. Sister Christiane, principal of the school, reports that the first semester was

successful as measured by the attitude and learning of the children in all three sections: Kindergarten , Pre-K 1 and Pre-

K 2. More and better-trained teachers, renovated and more cheerful classrooms as well as greater availability of

pedagogical materials made a big difference in the children’s learning and well being.

Another key development that is having a huge impact on the children’s well-being and capacity to learn during 2015-

2016 school year is the provision to the children of a daily nutritional hot meal as well as morning snacks.[1] 

We are most grateful to our generous donors for reaching out to the children and giving them the transformative gift of education.

Top priorities for the Pre-School include : hiring additional teachers and bring the teacher student ratio from            1:34 to 1: 20 and,  increase teacher’s yearly salary from US$850 to US$1,000.

We invite you to visit our new website:www.partners-for-haitian-children.org and send us ideas and thoughts for meeting the challenges faced by the Pre-School.

 

MESI ANPIL for your support and for keeping faith in our mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The previous school-feeding program managed by the Government of Haiti was suspended for school year 2014-2015. The lack of a daily hot meal had a huge negative impact on the children’s capacity to learn. Many of the children came to school hungry and suffered from headache and/or stomachache.

Since the start of school year 2015-2016, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School participates in the National School Feeding Program financed by foreign aid.

Oct 16, 2015

ENHANCING LEARNING OF HAITIAN PRESCHOOLERS

Claire and Emmanuel
Claire and Emmanuel

On September 14, 200 K and pre-K children started the 2015-2016 school year at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l'Artibonite. For 3 year old Emmanuel and Claire and 58 other kids, this was a first time experience. Some were quiet and fearful but most were excited and eager to start learning and to belong to the school community. Emmanuel and Claire as well as a great number of the preschoolers come from poor families severely affected by the present deteriorating economic, social, political and security situation in Haiti.

This school year, the children will be in freshly painted classrooms, appropriate school furniture and thus have an environment more conducive to learning. As in school year 2014-2015, targeted training of K and Pre-K teachers is scheduled and additional pedagogical materials have been made available. In the words of the the K teacher “the availability of pedagogical tools such as drawing boards, posters, introduction to French, numbers, etc. have made a difference in the children's ability to learn”. Also noteworthy is the decrease in the student teacher ratio from 38:1 in school year 2013-2014 to 22:1 in school year 2015-2016. 

We want to express our gratitude for your support and encouragement that allowed us to sustain the Early Childhood Education Initiative aimed at enhancing the quality of education for Pre-K and K children. We solicit your generous support for 2015. 

Please send us your ideas and thoughts for sustaining the program and meeting the challenges we face.

On behalf of the children we serve, we thank you again for  keeping faith in our mission.

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Jul 13, 2015

NUTRITION AND EDUCATION FOR ALL

FOOD AND EDUCATION FOR ALL
FOOD AND EDUCATION FOR ALL

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.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas at: info@p-h-ch.org

On behalf of the children MESI ANPIL! (BIG THANK YOU IN HAITIAN CREOLE)

 

 

Monique P. Garrity

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