We have many more students this year than we have in the past and more students who have shown interest in coming to the school, or their parents have any way. The problem is that only 19 students are currently sponsored. Our kindergarten class is our largest class with 25 students enrolled! We have had a problem with providing chairs for all of the students and recently sent to have some woven chairs made. The artist who makes these chairs can make them at as low of a price as the plastic chairs we have purchased in the past, but these plastic chairs have broken at a rapid rate. However, as we are waiting for these chairs to be made, some kids have no seats! Everyone now has uniforms but we need to send someone to Haiti ASAP to get books and the money we have obtained from student sponsorships is not yet enough. All of these things are things that the $100 annual student sponsorship goes to support. Teacher payment is separate and thankfully so far we have been able to pay teachers on time, which we haven't been able to say for a number of years. However, we have not been very successful yet in recruiting churches or groups to sponsor teachers monthly, who are paid between $150 and $300 a year. We are still working on this since our organization lacks the monthly income to sufficiently pay teachers each month.
I have been traveling in the US and Canada speaking about Project Esperanza and meeting with contacts. I have thoroughly enjoyed this time, especially talking to certain groups who have shown special interest. Hopefully many partnerships will come from this and more fundraising success as well. This school and program has so much potential With more collaboration, we can provide truly holistic education to this population that will empower them and truly change their futures and their entire communities. Thank you, sincerely, for you support!
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