Dear Champions of BeeHive School,
We hope this message finds you well. Before we start on our update, I'd like to take a moment to express our unwavering gratitude. Thank you for being part of our community and empowering our bright eyed and wonderful students. Our work would not be possible without your kindness and generosity.
The new term has started and BeeHive is off to a great start! The school welcomed three new teachers and a lot of new students.
The computer lab is still functioning perfectly, after over a year after being installed. We have changed two power cables, one keyboard, one mouse, and one laptop battery...and that's all! It has survived a hurricane, water damage, and 150 grubby fingers on a daily basis.
The computer curriculum has also been improving, teachers have made excellent progress in their use of the IT lab and delivery of lessons. The students are becoming experts in computer use, and it is having such a positive effect on the curriculum. This term we are going to work on more use of the lab for things like word processing of English compositions, and printing out of resources.
A limited internet connection has been set up at the school. The older grades, standards 5 and 6, have supervised access where they can do research. The teachers have been trained on email and have set up accounts. We are working towards all teachers emailing the headmaster weekly lesson plans and communicating to the headmaster and parents through email.
And in other good new, BeeHive School was re-inspected for the license renewal by the Ministry of Education, and the school passed again, for another three years.
Wishing you all the best,
We recycled, refurbished and shipped 2,149 tools to vocational schools in Haiti. Tool kits were awarded to 231 successful graduates at various schools throughout the country. These are essential to help these kids secure formal sector employment or be self-employed.
As this graduate (see photo), James said - no one can see how happy he is. Because he has no job; after his graduation ceremony he was thinking about tools, because it’s so expensive and he has no money to buy those materials. He said he is going to “pray to thank God and the donors”.
James can now get a job or start his own enterprise. That means he will go from poverty to being an empowered member of his community. That means his family will also be pulled from poverty and enjoy the life changing power of these tools.
We are holding our second annual Trick-or-Treat For Tools campaign to generate both donated tools and funds (see photo). We have a goal of $50,000 by year end. Thank you for your support of this project. Please make a generous donation to enable us to continue helping these families.
May 1st was an exciting day. We shipped our first container of refurbished tools to Haiti. The shipment included power equipment as well as hand tools. It was unloaded on June 2nd and generated quite a bit of interest. These tools were then distributed to the various Salesian vocational schools and will be handed out to the graduates as they need them.
As you know, poverty is quite rampant in Haiti and it is nearly impossible to get a job in the trades without your own tools. We feel that these tools are a step up for these young people as opposed to a hand out because the tools will empower them to either get a job or start a small enterprise. This is the big step towards their independence and greatly improved lives for themselves and their families.
Your support has played a vital role in this life changing project. These graduates will go from perpetual poverty to being a productive cummunity member. Imagine a family will be able to buy enough food and afford medical attention when needed. Thank you again for believing in our work.