Mortel Family Charitable Foundation

The Foundation serves the economically, intellectually, and socially deprived children and adults of Haiti. The mission of our schools and programs is to educate and care for the poorest of the poor of the region.
Nov 23, 2016

Thankful for Connections

Reconnecting - Abby, Acerneau and Our Schools
Reconnecting - Abby, Acerneau and Our Schools

Dear Friends,

While giving a presentation about our project to a forum of senior, pre-service teachers at a Pennsylvania college this month, we were delighted to find out that one of the college students had visited our schools in Haiti in August! Abby met Acerneau, our project leader in Haiti, connected with students from our schools, and experienced the sustainable impact the schools are having first hand! You can sense the joy of this reconnection between Abby, Acerneau, and the schools as you view our Skype session provided by the link within this report.

During the presentation, we Skyped with Acerneau, who updated us on happenings at the school as well as giving the participants a virtual walking tour of the Good Samaritan School~ thanks to the Internet connection your support provides! Our Palmyra Haiti Technology Club officers then conducted interviews with some of the pre-service teachers to gain their insight into the importance of closing the digital divide. You can hear their interviews by clicking on the link provided within this report.

We continue to be thankful and impressed by the realization that the effort to collaborate, connect, and educate through this project brings many blessings to those who participate. From the students in Palmyra that grow in leadership opportunities, web design, collaboration, humanitarianism, etc...to the students in Haiti that are so grateful for the excellent education, technology, and opportunities they receive, to the many others that have connected to our project ~ including you.  

In this season of thanksgiving, we are especially thankful for the excellent upcoming giving opportunity. On Tuesday, November 29th, GlobalGiving’s #GivingTuesday campaign will apply a 50% Match to all donations up to $1,000 per donor! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday. The #GivingTuesday Matching opportunity will begin November 29th at 00:00:01 EST and end at 23:59:59 EST (although donating early is best because matching funds run out quickly!) In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

Any effort to support and share this unique opportunity to help eager, deserving children in Haiti through the #Giving Tuesday campaign is so appreciated!

We are thankful for these wonderful connections through your ongoing support.

Our recent college presentation
Our recent college presentation
Our presenters
Our presenters
Our audio interviews in action
Our audio interviews in action

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Sep 7, 2016

Energized by Student Success and Promise

Class of 2016
Class of 2016

Dear Friends,

As schools in Palmyra and Haiti prepare to begin a new year of education, we are energized by the successes achieved and the promise of growth of our students through opportunities in digital learning.

Jame Stine’s College celebrated the Class of 2016’s Graduation on July 17, 2016. Out of the thirty-nine young men and women who graduated, six began their education in Kindergarten at the Les Bons Samaritains School. These graduates have benefited by the technology, support, and collaboration our project has provided throughout their years of schooling. It has always been the vision of the school’s founder, Dr. Rodrigue Mortel, that through education, caring leaders will be formed with the capacity and desire to lead and serve others. (As we have shared in the past, Dr. Mortel himself was born into abject poverty in Haiti, but through determination, hard work, and sacrifice was able to persevere through unimaginable obstacles to become a world-renowned physician and philanthropist.)  We are so proud of these thirty-nine graduates and are excited to hear of their future accomplishments!

Over the summer, our Palmyra students continued to conduct audio interviews that are published on our Project Facebook Page. One interview was with John Sheehan who is a producer of National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the creator and producer of the podcast: The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified; both from WHYY in Philadelphia. (See the link below to check out John Sheehan’s cool Eleanor Amplified Adventures). Other summer interviews were with Frank Ryan, a retired U.S. Marine Reserve Colonel who has done relief work to help the people of Haiti and our own Wally Popejoy, principal of Palmyra Area Middle School. (We are grateful to Tim Lambert, of WITF, who instructed our wiki team last fall in the elements of creating effective audio interviews.)

As the school year begins, our students, in Palmyra and Haiti, bring an eagerness and joy to the work they accomplish. This fall, our Wiki Club Members are looking forward to connecting with our peers in Haiti, conducting more audio interviews, and raising funds to continue to sponsor Carl’s second year of Preschool at the newly formed preschool in Saint Marc, Haiti. Arcerneau, our project leader in Haiti, will continue facilitating communications with students in Haiti and posting our projects progress on our project wiki, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We also have several speaking opportunities on the calendar that will enable us to share the good work being accomplished by our project and raise awareness of the challenges overcome and accomplishments achieved by the children in Haiti.

On September 21st, GlobalGiving’s will have a Time-Release Bonus Day where funds donated to our project at 06:00:01 am EDT and 12:00:01 pm EDT will be matched. We appreciate the opportunities that  GlobalGiving provides to multiply the good being accomplished for our students in Haiti!

Thank you for your support and best wishes for an energized Fall!!

Fresh Air  Producer John Sheehan
Fresh Air Producer John Sheehan
Ryan, a project member doing an audio interview.
Ryan, a project member doing an audio interview.

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Jun 9, 2016

Empowering Through Education

Preschool Class
Preschool Class

Dear Supporters,

We have a great deal to smile about as we conclude another successful year of education, support and collaboration with our schools in Haiti.

The start of the year began with the opening of the newly formed preschool in St Marc designed to give the students entering our schools an earlier start with more promise for success. One of those promising students is Carl, who our Palmyra Wiki Club Members raised money to sponsor. We are also especially pleased that Adeline, a student we sponsored many years ago from the inaugural kindergarten class, is now a teacher’s aid at the preschool helping to bring full circle the mission of the schools to “Empower Through Education.”

Arcerneau, another alumnus of Les Bons Samaritains school, has been busy this year promoting the good work being done at the schools in Haiti through posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Arcerneau has done a great job facilitating communications with our students in Palmyra and our schools in Haiti through emails, SKYPE calls, and wiki & social media posts. Arcerneau sees first hand the great positive educational impact the technology provided by this project gives to the students of our schools. He reaffirms, “Technology provides a great, great future for the children of Haiti!”

Our Wiki Club Members continue conducting audio interviews with people of interest, publishing the interviews on our Project Facebook Page. Tim Lambert, of WITF, instructed our wiki team this past fall in the elements of creating effective audio interviews. Recent interviewees include Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, Jeff Grabosky who ran 3,701.8 miles across America from CA to  NY, Ron Berman, an outstanding career teacher and basketball coach, Kems, a Haitian student attending Lebanon Valley College, Mike Soskil, a top ten finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, and Reuters technology reporter Deborah Todd, who specializes in news and trends from Silicon Valley. The audio interviews have been a compelling means to share interests in minimizing the digital divide.

Multiple fundraising and speaking opportunities this year have enabled more people to learn about and support the good being done at our schools in Haiti. We have certainly found that the students in Haiti are blessed by the support they receive, but those providing that support are equally blessed by the opportunity to help deserving students succeed. To think that our Haitian students live in a community with no regular electricity, no sewage system, limited access to water & healthcare, but come to school so full of hope, motivation and joy; and with a remarkable eagerness to learn! We have seen firsthand the good stewards they are of the support you provide!

On June 15th another fundraising opportunity will occur when GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day will provide a 40% Match to all donations to our project starting at 9:00am EDT. This is a great opportunity to multiply the good that a donation can provide! We are grateful to GlobalGiving and all of you for making a positive difference in the lives of so many Haitian children!

Best wishes for a blessed summer!

Bright Smiles
Bright Smiles
Celebrating Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
Wiki Club Audio Interviews
Wiki Club Audio Interviews

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