Since 2006, we have been making science and technology education a reality in St. Marc, Haiti. Thanks to a gift from the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, we embarked on the first elementary school, hands-on science lab in the region. Soon after that, hands-on science training of the Haitian teachers eagerly began. Graduate students from Lebanon Valley College's (LVC) Masters of Science Education Program contributed their time and talent to create science experiences for students and staff in St. Marc. We have also embarked on summer science and technology camps for the students at Les Bons Samaritains. As one thing led to another, a graduate student from LVC spent a semester at Les Bons Samaritains to establish our computer technology connection to further promote science and technology education. Since then, peers from Pennsylvania have created science lessons for the students in Haiti as you will find in the pictures and link below. The Interactive boards we have installed have allowed science lessons to come to life like the one pictured below of the skeletal system. Today, we continue to expand our technology to include the newly completed James Stine College.
I recently read a report that was validating to me, as to the direction we are heading with regard to this project. Science for Haiti: A Report on Advancing Haitian Science and Science Education Capacity (AAAS, 2011) emphasizes the critical role that science and technology education plays for a sustainable Haiti. To access the report, see the link below.
As you consider gifts this season, please consider a gift card to give to someone who appreciates science and technology. Gift cards can be purchased by clicking the donate button. A $5 or $10 card could be a perfect stocking stuffer or a nice addition to a Christmas card. More substantial gifts or recurring gifts can also be made by clicking the donate button.
Through your continued support, we are helping to make science and technology a reality for a sustainable Haiti. Together, we can continue to build on our accomplishments and strive for a sustainable Haiti. Thank you.
Your support is reshaping Haiti’s future through technology. In his book, The World is Flat, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman proposes that access to the Internet can be a “game changer” for developing countries. He mentions that the Internet can provide equal access to education, services, and the global marketplace. Thanks to your contributions, Friedman’s premonitions are being realized.
On a recent visit to our schools in St. Marc, we are seeing the fruits of our combined labors. Meet Madsen Servius. Madsen is an eleventh grader at our recently completed James Stine College. Madsen is bright, determined, enthusiastic, and innovative. He aspires to be a computer programmer. He is familiar with C++, Linux, Cobra, Scratch programs, languages and operating systems to mention a few items on his resume. He may be well on his way to becoming Haiti’s future Bill Gates.
While we were in Haiti, Madsen and fellow student Wadson were trained on how to upload reports to our foundation’s website and to our wiki project. These tech savvy students were eager and quick to learn. After seeing these students work, it is evident that Thomas Friedman was accurate in predicting that developing countries (like Haiti) can be equal players in world economies and educational systems.
You are helping us be a game changer. Help us keep the momentum going. We are seeking to increase available Internet access at our schools to keep up with the increasing demands of student usage. GlobalGiving is having a matching campaign on Wednesday, October 17th, which will increase your contribution by 30%. Matching begins at 12:01 am EST. So please help us by starting early that day with a contribution to our project before matching funds run out. Please help us by spreading this message through your social media contacts.
Thanks again for your support! Together, we can build a brighter future for Haiti and the world.
This project has been full of people and events that have inspired us. Our involvement in Haiti all began twelve years ago with the inspiration of a 10 year old girl named Julia. Julia heard about a school being built in Haiti and the great needs of the children there. When she invited her friends to her birthday party that year, Julia asked that they bring a donation for the Haitian School instead of a gift for herself. Doctor Rodrigue Mortel, the founder of the Good Samaritan School, heard about Julia and invited her to come to Haiti to see the school she and her friends were helping with their generosity. Julia’s mother, who traveled with her to Haiti, had her friends over one day to hear about the beauty of the Haitian people, the newly built school and the great many challenges the Haitian people face. It was at that gathering where we first heard about the school and began supporting it.
Simple small acts of generosity can have a profound effect, often times in ways we will never fully comprehend. So we begin this new school year in gratitude for your support that has enabled the computer rooms at both the Good Samaritan School and the James Stine College to provide global connections and a new world of learning to the students there. Thank you!