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 26, 2017

Developing Pre-schoolers' Life Long Reading Habits

Let me share with you some of the ongoing successful initiatives made possible by the GlobalGiving Head Start project. They include inter alia, pedagogical materials, training of teachers, and payment of teachers for 12 months compared to the previous 10 months. These initiatives have enhanced the quality of education offered to the 200 children who are attending the three sections of the preschool program in 2016-2017.An assessment of all first graders revealed that the students who came from other schools were having difficulties keeping up. Consequently, a remedial program was put in place to assist those students. 

The head of the pre-school Autllde played a key role in taking advantage of 200 donated children’s literature books to spark the preschoolers’ interest in learning and discovery. Furthermore, teachers are also using the books to prepare their classes. We expect 400 additional donated books will be added to the collection in the coming months. The children, including 5-year-old Josette, shown in the picture above are very excited. For almost all of them selecting a book of stories and trying to read it is a new and exciting experience. A challenge will be to develop the students’ lifelong reading habits. Ecole Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours is the only primary school in Petite Riviere de l’ Artibonite, where the school is located, to have a library, modest though it may be.

Oct 26, 2016

OVERCOMING IMPACT OF HURRICANE MATTHEW ON PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Enhancing Learning with Children
Enhancing Learning with Children's Literature

School year 2016-2017 for the 200 Pre-School students   of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (OLPHS) in Petite-Riviere de l’ Artibonite started on September 5. The seven teachers and 200 students of the Pre-School greeted the new school year with much excitement and great expectations.

Four weeks into the new school year, the deadly Hurricane Matthew decimated the southern part of Haiti and left about a million of its people in desperate need of food, clean water and health care. The school, located in the Artibonite Department, far from the devastated south, suffered no significant damage in its infrastructure.

But for many of the children’s families, the high winds and heavy rainfall brought by Matthew’s passage significantly damaged crops, livestock and roads. About 20% of the children’s parents have informed the school principal that due to the loss of their livelihood, they will not be able to pay the yearly pre-school school fees per student in the amount of US$70 for this year.

Against this backdrop, it is noteworthy that generous support from the Head Start Project financed the training of pre-School teachers and provision of educational materials for the  school year 2016-2017. Another noteworthy initiative is the launching of a small library of children’s literature for the use of the children and their teachers.

We are most grateful to all those donors who have so generously helped PHC provide high-quality education to disadvantaged Haitian children.

Please help us sustain and expand quality pre-school education for poor Haitian children and give them a solid basis for further education and the opportunity to transform their lives.

Jul 25, 2016

Jean-Louis' story: Impact of Head Start Project

Jean Louis
Jean Louis' story

 

Seven year old Jean Louis , an orphan who lives with his illiterate grandmother had a most  successful  first grade and ranked at the top of his class.  He is all excited about starting grade 2 in September 2016. 

What is particularly exciting is that Jean Louis  was a member of the first cohort of children to benefit from the Head-Start Program launched in the fall of 2013.  With the goal of promoting the learning and development of  preschoolers over a three year period ( from age 3 to age 5) the program made possible the acquisition of pedagogical materials as well as teachers’ training and adequate play areas for the children.

The 2015-2016 first grade class of 100 students included   70  students  like Jean Louis who had gone through the Head-Start enhanced pre-school program and about 30 students who had attended other pre-school

According to the School 's Principal, an assessment of the all first grade students over the year underscored a marked difference  between the performance  of  children who attended OLPH's three Pre-School years and those accepted from other schools. It was necessary this past year to put  in place a remedial program for these who were having   difficulties keeping up .

Jean -Louis stands  out not only because of his academic performance but also because he is a very engaged and talented boy who  participates in other activities such as poetry reading, dances or the theater. He is also very much liked and appreciated by all. 

On behalf of the children and their parents we gratefully thank you for givng to these children the transformative gift of education. Please send us your comments and suggestions.

 
   

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