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A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!

by Colorado Haiti Project
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
A School in Haiti- changing 300 children's lives!
Helping with "Product Development"
Helping with "Product Development"

The school year at St. Paul’s ended with a three-day workshop for the 10th graders. A group of college students traveled to Petit Trou and worked with the students to reinforce lessons learned through the school year on entrepreneurship.

Haiti’s economy is based on a small and medium business model accounting for over 80% of all employment. Over the last year, St. Paul’s School began an entrepreneurship class for secondary school students teaching the basics of marketing, quality, savings and budgeting. 57 students were involved in the program.

The three-day workshop which was nicknamed Ti Biznis (Little Business) was the culmination of their year long study. It was an opportunity to practice creating a small business using hands-on learning with play money and simple crafted products. The students took out loans, designed their products, had a sale, paid back their loans and determined their profit.   The class will continue this fall as a regular part of the secondary school curriculum.

Student Quotes Translated:

Stanley “I liked making the products. I liked Ti Biznis because it was a different way of learning.”

Marie Wislene Elizabeth “ I learned how to price a product. To look at the cost of materials and the expenses for the product first and then knowing that, you can add your profit to find your final price.”

Marc Daiver “In Ti Biznis, I liked all things. The products we made were beautiful, I liked the sale when we sold our products and I liked that we made a profit.”

Shelda “In my business I liked selling my product, buying other products, all that I learned.”

In line at the "bank"
In line at the "bank"
Serious work on their "products"
Serious work on their "products"

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Student Plots
Student Plots

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION has come to St. Paul's campus in Petit Trou, Haiti. This long anticipated program began in April as Agronom (The official title of an agronomist in Haiti) Etienne arrives on campus and commences the Agi-tek trainings with the building of gardens, compost piles, and experimental irrigation systems. Jean Woodley Etienne is a recent graduate from university in Haiti. He plans on spending his first month meeting the local farmers and developing an Ag Club with students at St. Paul's. By the beginning of the 2015 - 2016 school year, he hopes to have the curriculum course of study planned and facilities built to begin offering agriculture best practices as part of the 7th - 9th grade curriculum.

The agriculture program in Petit Trou will provide hands-on training for the students at St Paul’s. Experimental plots for each class will support the students’ active participation. And the produce from these gardens will supply the subsidized school lunch with nutritious food.

Good gardening and best practices in agriculture make a dramatic difference in family nutrition. The Colorado Haiti Project together with St Paul’s School will enhance farming and thus health for local families of Petit Trou, Haiti with this new program. Stay tuned!

Grinding corn for hot lunch
Grinding corn for hot lunch
Students making their compost pile
Students making their compost pile
Students who will enjoy the nutritious food
Students who will enjoy the nutritious food

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Lunch for the 10th graders
Lunch for the 10th graders

Providing opportunities for children to access a low cost nutritious lunch or snack while attending school is an on-going goal for the Colorado Haiti Project’s (CHP) overall support to St. Paul’s school in Petit Trou de Nippes. Recent shifts in government and NGO supported food aid, including halting support to school-based feeding programs, has led CHP to work together with the community to develop innovative solutions to ensure continued access to healthy school lunch and snacks for students at the school.   This December, CHP supported St Paul’s to introduce a sustainable solution to increase the access of low cost hot and healthy food for all children through a locally-driven entrepreneurship program.

Until recently the World Food Program (WFP), supported a school-based feeding program for all the schools in the Petit Trou commune. As WFP pulled back from the school-based feeding programs, there was a concerted effort from the head of St. Paul’s school, Father Abiade Lozama, together with the community and other schools in the area, to develop a solution to fill this critical gap.

Initially, CHP offered resources to support a lunch program as a temporary stop gap measure. But Fr. Abiade felt that this was not ultimately a sustainable solution, and that targeted support for St. Paul’s could potentially torpedo the delicate collaboration with other local institutions. Therefore we brainstormed with Fr. Abiade and the community to produce a viable alternative solution.  

Small business and entrepreneurship activities and training were introduced by CHP at St Paul’s in the fall of 2014. (See CHP’s autumn Global Giving report). The decision was made to integrate CHP’s entrepreneurship program activities with interested community members to launch a more sustainable model for the lunch program. Enter TiTi, (Jean Yolene). TiTi lives near the St. Paul campus, and already had an informal business set up outside the school selling snacks to the school children. With a loan, and some guidance from the entrepreneurship program at St. Paul’s, TiTi opened up food services in kitchen and now provides low cost and nutritious snacks and lunch for students. A nutritious lunch from TiTi costs between 20 cents and one U.S. dollar. For most children and teachers, this is something they can afford. But for those who have trouble paying, Fr. Abiade has set up a program that identifies children in need of support and sets a subsidized price. This way all children have access to this invaluable service.

The launch of this program has provided a sustainable solution for children to access supplemental nutrition critical in increased concentration and school performance. And additionally, it supports TiTi’s livelihood, and that of the two helpers she has already employed. The idea is that this spreads to the other schools in the area, and others from the community benefit from this entrepreneurial lunch model.  

TiTi cooking lunch.
TiTi cooking lunch.
Four young girls of St Paul's at lunch
Four young girls of St Paul's at lunch
A student enjoying a peanut butter sandwich
A student enjoying a peanut butter sandwich
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We are excited to report that another year of award winning education has begun! Over 700 children show up in this rural and under-resourced area, everyday, ready to learn. A new playground provides the young ones with their first ever recess, while some of the older students can be seen helping each other with their new Entrepreneurship and Agricultural lessons.  An Entrepreneurship focused curriculum, created by a Haitian organization, was launched this fall. Nothing like this has ever been done in the area. St. Paul's Campus is a vibrant place to be, teeming with opportunity and hope. One former student in particular has a story of hope. The story of Vladimy.


Vladimy began his education at St Paul’s where he attended 1st through 7th grade, all the classes St Paul’s had to offer at the time. Today Vladimy is a 26 year old college student working on a degree in Accounting.  He is the recipient of one of the vocational development scholarships through the Colorado Haiti Project.  He was chosen because of his outstanding community service. His time at St Paul’s is where he learned about community involvement through work at the church and school.  As he finished up his high school education, he began to tutor other kids in math, writing and Kreyol.  Along the way, he discovered that Accounting would be a good career path as there are not many accountants in Petit Trou.

Today, along with attending the local university, he spends half his days teaching Entrepreneurship. His gift for leadership lead to an invitation to an Entrepreneurship training last summer.  Now he teaches it to the 7th, 8th , 9th and 10th graders and the sewing apprentices.Nothing is more rewarding than to see a student from St Paul’s give back to the community that helped raise them up.


Help support the next Vladimy by donating today.

A peek inside the classroom
A peek inside the classroom

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Judith- Trainer & St Paul's sewing school graduate
Judith- Trainer & St Paul's sewing school graduate

With support from the Colorado Haiti Project, new educational opportunities for students at St. Paul’s will take a leap forward this new school year. Starting this fall, courses to build entrepreneurship skills will be offered to all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students at St Paul’s School. A local Haitian partner, Etre Ayisyen (To Be Haitian), will organize innovative programs for young adults at the school.   Etre Ayisyen has conducted a training of trainers exercise with three top students from the community who will be prepared to be leaders for the program this fall.

Through the entrepreneurship program students will learn critical skills in small business development for both formal and non-formal sectors, and gain important knowledge to set them down the path for success. There are even plans to help students launch small businesses of their own. This program, although not exactly the same, mirrors Junior Achievement training that is common in U.S. based schools. Because many students do not have access to education after 9th grade, this program will be instrumental in building the capacity and skills of these vulnerable young people to support themselves and their family, and have a positive impact on the local economy. For students that continue to secondary school the skills learned through this program will provide a solid base of knowledge as they also look to support themselves and their schooling.

$40 a month supports not only the entrepreneurship classes for these 7th, 8th and 9th graders but also their classical education. Help these students forge their own paths to sustained progress and development for everyone in the community through this enhanced curriculum.

Stay tuned as St Paul’s launches this exciting vocational program!

Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Rika- Trainer & future sewing teacher
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student
Vladimir- Trainer & accounting student

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Colorado Haiti Project

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Louisville, CO United States

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