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.
Mar 11, 2013

Palmyra Pride

Nicole -  Wiki Project Manager
Nicole - Wiki Project Manager

Dear Supporters,

I would like to introduce myself. My name in Nicole and I am one of the high school project managers for the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project. As a student I am proud to have been involved with the project since the beginning. This project has given me the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and give back on a global level. It is truly amazing to see the growth and the community support behind our project since 2009.

Moving ahead, our middle school and high school groups have been working diligently.  Although each of our school groups are separated geographically, we have been video conferencing via iPads. We have been able to accomplish a great deal through these conferences.

Some exciting times are headed our project’s way!

  • On March 25 the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project will be featured at Palmyra Pride Night. This our school district’s public event to share our recent accomplishments with the community as well as promote it.
  • Intel Education Service Corps will be visiting our schools in Haiti this April. While in Haiti they will be training teachers and students on the computers along with servicing any technical equipment. (link below)
  • Our project may be highlighted in an upcoming book by Homa Travanger. More details to come in a future update.

GlobalGiving’s first bonus matching funds day of 2013 is Wednesday, March 13th.  On this day, beginning at 9am EST, GlobalGiving will match up to $1000 per donor up to 30%. Please consider a gift on that day.

If you have not had the opportunity to “Like” our Facebook page, please do so by clicking the link below.  Please share the link with family and friends.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Megan & Santina - Wiki Project Team Members
Megan & Santina - Wiki Project Team Members

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Feb 19, 2013

Moving Ahead

Palmyra-Haiti Technology Meeting In Progress
Palmyra-Haiti Technology Meeting In Progress

Dear Supporters,

As we all move ahead to a new year, so too does the progress of our project.  Currently, we are in the middle of a technology infrastructure upgrade at the James Stine College in St. Marc.  We are undergoing improvements to increase the efficiency and reliability of the Internet service at the school.  We hope to utilize these upgrades soon as our collaboration continues to evolve.

At our schools in Palmyra, PA, we have a middle school club and a high school club.  Although separated by about a mile of geography, our clubs meet simultaneously through Internet conferencing which is some of the same technology we have used with our peers in Haiti.  Our high school students use iPads and Facetime to lead project teams at our middle school.  We continue to look for ways to expand our reach and our services to our peers in Haiti.

We have many events positively impacting our project this spring, such as…

  • The staff of the Palmyra Area School District had a casual dress day fundraiser for our project and raised over $650.
  • Intel Education Service Corps will visit our schools in St. Marc (see link below).
  • Our project may be highlighted in an upcoming book by a noted author.
  • A regional educational honor society has invited our Palmyra students to make a presentation about our project at an upcoming banquet.

More details on these events will be highlighted in future updates.

GlobalGiving’s first bonus matching funds day is just around the corner.  Please mark Wednesday, March 13th on your calendar.  On this day, beginning at 9am EST, GlobalGiving will match up to $1000 per donor up to 30%. Please consider a gift on that day.

If you have not had the opportunity to “Like” our Facebook page, please do so by clicking the link below.  Please share the link with family and friends.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

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Dec 3, 2012

Science, Technology, and Gifts

Summer science camp - water purification lesson
Summer science camp - water purification lesson

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.

Skeleton lesson with interactive board
Skeleton lesson with interactive board
Summer technology camp - exploring mini laptops
Summer technology camp - exploring mini laptops
LVC graduate student, Ms. Lingle, working in Haiti
LVC graduate student, Ms. Lingle, working in Haiti
LVC graduate students - science projects for Haiti
LVC graduate students - science projects for Haiti
LVC graduate students - science projects for Haiti
LVC graduate students - science projects for Haiti
Summer science camp - Alka-Seltzer rockets
Summer science camp - Alka-Seltzer rockets
Our electrical circuit lesson collaboration
Our electrical circuit lesson collaboration

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