Education  Haiti Project #48533

Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians

by Friends of St. Vincent's Center, Inc.
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians
Manual brailler
Manual brailler

Despite Haitians facing continued gang kidnappings and government instability, we are thrilled to report the SAFE DELIVERY OF THREE BRAILLERS for the blind adults your scholarships support! This good news helps us persevere throughout these tumultuous times.

A Long Journey

Getting the braillers to into the hands of these students was an arduous process. The 7-month journey began at Perkins School For the Blind in Massachusetts where the machines were shipped to a partner warehouse in Florida. The braillers remained there for months until a safe plan was established for transport to St. Vincent’s, afterwhich, they were successfully shipped to a port of entry in Haiti. Following negotiations at the port, the braillers were released to a St. Vincent’s representative and made their way to the adults.

The Braillers Impact

Braillers are like manual typewriters for blind students, allowing them to complete all in- and out-of-school assignments. Weighing 40-50 lbs each, it is not feasible to transport them back and forth to school, so all schoolwork must be done after hours at St. Vincent’s.

The processes used by these adults to continue their classical studies is fascinating! Each blind student brings a smartphone* to class where a sighted friend photographs the chalk board, books and all materials; they also record audio of the lectures. Back at St. Vincent’s, a sighted colleague reads the day’s lessons aloud as the blind student transcribes it into Braille using a brailler. Following the transcription, the student completes the day’s assignments. It takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication for a blind student to get an education in Haiti. We are grateful for the scholarships you provide to make this a reality.

Update from St. Vincent’s

Finally, the Haitian Director of St. Vincent’s shared details of the state of the school and the local community in a recent email: 

"Thank you for your support of all kinds and your determination in working to improve the situation of people with reduced mobility living in Haiti and to offer them a better future. The socio-political and economic situation of the country … are not favorable and does not inspire confidence, which has slowed us down. Haiti is at the polls of national and international newspapers and media because of the phenomenon of kidnapping and news of assassinations of people, especially in the capital and surrounding areas. This alarming situation is not confined to a specific area but is becoming widespread and, in this sense, no one is immune. Despite this situation, we do not want to give up and let go … We cannot say considering the situation that we are operating at one hundred percent of our capacities, but we are putting a lot of effort at all levels.” 

We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to sharing the end-of-school educational accomplishments of our scholarship recipients. 

*Smartphones are also donated by Friends of St. Vincent’s

Receiving the boxes
Receiving the boxes
Opening the boxes
Opening the boxes
A new brailler
A new brailler
Instruction manual
Instruction manual

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One of the Deaf adults in his school uniform
One of the Deaf adults in his school uniform

Despite continued social and economic difficulties faced by Haitians during the Fall ’21, the efforts to support adults with disabilities have been outstanding! In academic, vocational and entrepreneurial areas, much is being accomplished and even expanded.

All four of the scholarship recipients supported by this project remain engaged in their academic and vocational learning, despite the volitile conditions in the country. One student excelled, being promoted from NSII (Nouvelle Secondary II) last year to NSIII (Nouvelle Secondary III in Fall of 2021. This student accomplished this by immense focus and hard work in the classroom, diligently studying all lessons and completing daily homework. Two other students have been promoted to NSII. Sadly, the fourth student needs additional assistance and was not able to advance. Supplemental help is being provided and we are hopeful that, with this targeted support, he will succeed during the next term. 

Their collective achievements are quite amazing given the postponements in this last semester due to political unrest and the pandemic. We recognize all of these adults due to their educational dedication and courage to continue their schooling in the midst of an extremely volitile environment.

Due to funds raised through GlobalGiving, one additional student has joined the training program sponsored for adult residents. One entered St. Vincent Center as a child in 2008 to begin his classical studies. This year, he passed the official exams of the 9th fundamental year and was able continue his advanced studies at the NSI level. 

These successes would not be possible without your help. Thank you from our hearts to yours.

One of the blind adults in his school uniform
One of the blind adults in his school uniform
One of the blind adults, ready for school
One of the blind adults, ready for school
One of the blind adults in her uniform
One of the blind adults in her uniform
The Global Giving scholarship recipients
The Global Giving scholarship recipients
Holiday spirit from one of the Deaf adults
Holiday spirit from one of the Deaf adults
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CAH SAV Member in Cooking Class Chopping Vegggies
CAH SAV Member in Cooking Class Chopping Vegggies

GlobalGiving Quarterly Report 

Submitted on September 9, 2021

By Friends of St. Vincent’s Inc.

On the Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians (#48533)

  

Introduction

The academic year 2021 has been a year of continuous crises in Haiti. Due to the COVID virus and an insufficient number of vaccinations, a presidential assassination, a drastic  earthquake, and an unstoppable criminal activity in Port au Prince and on roads leading to earthquake impacted areas,  the sense of hope and security has been tested by both students and their extended families. 

 

This report is about the hope that has not failed our students and has, actually, resonated bright with resilience. As of  September 2021, students in school are delayed from attending face-to-face classes but have access still to online lessons through WhatsApp. Three of the  four students currently funded under this project  are continuing their studies  both on-line and with the assistance of a newly hired tutor who attends their daily needs in person.  

 

We are happy to say that we are also currently seeking a physically abled administrative assistant whose mobility will allow him/her to facilitate administrative logistics by traveling round the Port-au Prince area. 

 

In addition, we have added a fourth student to the scholarship program who will attend culinary training in order to work in a restaurant on the St. Vincent’s campus.  This restaurant is a model for vocational training,  self-sufficiency and enhanced esteem by graduates of the CAHSAV program. Please see the attached pictures of her at her school…and some of the scrumptious delicacies she is learning to create.

Results

The morale of CAHSAV members and alumni has been retained despite external challenges facing them and the entire Haitian population. Students are still studying and learning, reaching closer and closer to their career goals.  Several have received vaccinations although more must be given.

Summary/Closure

Regardless of these challenges, students, their caregivers and tutor are benefitting from the support of GlobalGiving donors.  All are extremely happy and grateful for the opportunities such support offers them now to seek a more healthy, independent and safe future. “Thank you” does not sufficiently express enough gratitude.

We hope that our next report in December 2021 will indicate greater stability in Haiti politically, socially, physically and security wise.

 

Financial Report

Please note, as last reported in June 2021,  all of the admission installments for the 2020-2021 academic year have been paid.

 

Rapport Trimestriel sur 

Les Dons Mondiaux Soumis 

le 9 septembre 2021

Par les Amis de Saint-Vincent, Inc.

sur L'autonomisation des Adultes Handicapés Haïtiens (#48533)

  

Introduction

L'année académique 2021 a été une année de crises continues en Haïti. En raison du virus COVID et d'un nombre insuffisant de vaccinations, d'un assassinat présidentiel, d'un tremblement de terre drastique et d'une activité criminelle imparable à Port-au-Prince et sur les routes menant aux zones touchées par le tremblement de terre, le sentiment d'espoir et de sécurité a été mis à l'épreuve par les deux étudiants. et leurs familles élargies.

 

Ce rapport parle de l'espoir qui n'a pas déçu nos étudiants et qui, en fait, a résonné de manière brillante avec la résilience. Depuis septembre 2021, les élèves de l'école ne peuvent plus assister aux cours en présentiel, mais ont toujours accès aux cours en ligne via WhatsApp. Trois des quatre étudiants actuellement financés dans le cadre de ce projet poursuivent leurs études à la fois en ligne et avec l'aide d'un tuteur nouvellement embauché qui répond à leurs besoins quotidiens en personne.

 

Nous sommes heureux de dire que nous recherchons également actuellement un(e) assistant(e) administratif(ve) physiquement apte dont la mobilité lui permettra de faciliter la logistique administrative en se déplaçant dans la région de Port-au-Prince.

 

De plus, nous avons ajouté un quatrième étudiant au programme de bourses qui suivra une formation culinaire afin de travailler dans un restaurant sur le campus de Saint-Vincent. Ce restaurant est un modèle de formation professionnelle, d'autonomie et de valorisation des diplômés du programme CAHSAV. Veuillez voir les photos ci-jointes d'elle à son école… et quelques-unes des délicieuses spécialités qu'elle apprend à créer.

 

Résultats

Le moral des membres et anciens du CAHSAV a été conservé malgré les défis externes auxquels ils sont confrontés ainsi que l'ensemble de la population haïtienne. Les étudiants continuent d'étudier et d'apprendre, se rapprochant de plus en plus de leurs objectifs de carrière. Plusieurs ont été vaccinés, mais il faut en administrer davantage.

 

Résumé/Clôture

Indépendamment de ces défis, les étudiants, leurs soignants et leur tuteur bénéficient du soutien des donateurs de GlobalGiving. Tous sont extrêmement heureux et reconnaissants des opportunités qu'un tel soutien leur offre maintenant pour rechercher un avenir plus sain, indépendant et sûr. « Merci » n'exprime pas suffisamment la gratitude.

 

Nous espérons que notre prochain rapport en décembre 2021 indiquera une plus grande stabilité en Haïti sur les plans politique, social, physique et sécuritaire.

 

Rapport financier

Veuillez noter que, comme indiqué pour la dernière fois en juin 2021, tous les versements d'admission pour l'année universitaire 2020-2021 ont été payés.

CAHSAV Member ( second to left)  in Cooking Class
CAHSAV Member ( second to left) in Cooking Class
Yummy delicacies produced in Cooking Class
Yummy delicacies produced in Cooking Class

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GlobalGiving Quarterly Report 

Submitted on May 12, 2021

By Friends of St. Vincent’s Inc.

 

Report on the Empowering Adult Handicapped Haitians (#48533)

  

Introduction

 

The academic year 2021 has been a year of accelerating crisis in Haiti. Not only has the COVID virus impacted the school openings but the increasing violence and criminal activity on the street of Port au Prince in sheer daylight have truly devastated the sense of security among both students and families. 

As of May 2021, some schools took the initiative to provide online lessons mainly through the WhatsApp. The four students currently funded under this project  are continuing their studies on line, despite the continuously intermittent power outages and the daily stress of public protests and near-by criminal activity. Sadly, one of the staff supporting these students and their local umbrella non-profit was robbed and murdered while securing the funds dedicated to their education ( secured through GlobalGiving and distributed on a tri-monthly basis by Friends ) and to other administrative expenses.

 

 

 

 

Activities

Specific to each individual benefitting from the GlobalGiving funds, three who are studying at the Heart of Jesus College did not manage to integrate normally into the College. Their comrades and teachers refused to guide them and collaborate for a lack of understanding about the needs and assets of disabled adults. Also, the shyness of these adults prevents them from easily adapting suitably to the college setting. However, an itinerant teacher ( supported by GlobalGiving funds)  is located at the residence of these adults and supplements the college-based studies. She helps them fill in their gaps to learning typing machines, braille machines and braille transcription of black scripts. 

 

APRIL 2021: Supplemental Classes

The following April curricula and time on task for these supplemental classes follows as a sample of the additional support being provided. 

 

Friday April 2, 2021

Course: Typing - Exercises on letters already learned, Learning new letters (S, W, L, O), Exercises; Duration: 9 a.m. / 11.50 a.m.

Course: Typing- Practical on the alphabetic keypad and the number keypad; Duration: 11:55 am / 1:00 pm

Course: Braille summary-Difference between braille and unified braille, Reminder of concepts already learned

Lesson 3- Duration: 1 p.m. / 3:05 p.m.

Sunday April 4, 2021

Course: Typing (exercises on concepts already learned and learning new letters): (A, Q, P,) followed by exercises; Duration: 11h 12h / 55

Sunday April 11, 2021

Course: Personal motivation; Duration: 9 a.m. / 9.45 a.m.

Course: Braille summary

Lesson 4; Duration: 11h / 12h15

Course: Typing - Exercises on concepts already learned and learning new letters: A, Q, P; Exercises; Duration: 12.15 p.m. / 2.15 p.m.

Course: Typing -Practice on the previous lesson; Duration: 2 p.m. 15/3 p.m.

Thursday April 15, 2021

Braille transcription of notes

Course: Citizenship education: Social groups: Civil society: Family and School; Total: 15 pages; Duration: 7h / 10h15

Friday April 16, 2021

Braille transcription of notes

Course: Christian Education: (Believe in Jesus); Total: 2 pages.

Course: History: (the independence of Haiti, the French revolution); Total: 3 pages.

Course: Biology: (cellular respiration); Total: 2 pages.

Course: physical: (electricity, electric current, electric charge, conductor, insulator, generator, switch, electric circuit); Total: 4 pages.

Course: Spanish: (modification ortografica); Total: 2 pages.; Total Pages 13; Total duration: 8h / 12h

Sunday April 18, 2021

Course: Typing- Exercises on the previous lesson, learning four new letters: G, T, H, Y, followed by exercises.; Duration: 10:05 am / 11:55 am

Course: Typing- Exercises on numbers; Duration: 12h / 13h45

Course: Typing- Exercises on the previous lesson; The same lesson; Duration: 1:50 p.m. / 2:35 p.m.

Friday 23 April 2021Transcription of notes in Braille.Course: Geology - Hazard and seismic risk; The earthquake of January 12, 2010, characteristics; Tectonic situation of the island of Hispagnola; Some historic earthquakes in Haiti; Questionnaires; Number of pages: 18Duration: 7:45 am / 2:30 pmSaturday April 24, 2021Transcription of notes in Braille.Course: Introduction to Economics- The Market; The Market Economy; Types of walking; Concept of offer or offer; Law of supply; Quantity offered; Concept of demand; Law of demand; Quantity requested; Scale or demand plan; Demand curve; Offer scale or offer plan; Supply curve; Market structures; Market characteristics); Number of pages: 15; Duration: 8h / 14h55Sunday April 25, 2021Transcription of notes in Braille.Course: Introduction to Economics- Market typology; Characteristics of a competitive market; The monopoly; The oligopoly; The duotone; Market equilibrium; Balance; Market failure; Market power; Externality; The State; The CONATEL- 1. Income redistribution and 2. Exercises, problems and discussion questions); Number of pages: 17; Duration: 7h / 14h20

 

Results

Despite this additional assistance to the three adults attending Heart of Jesus College, their class averages are not satisfactory.  The fourth adult attending Montfort College, however, is progressing and adapting very well in his school. His average is favorable. We regret to say that formal reports have not been forthcoming from their schools and that the present political and criminal activity has deeply inhibited the regularity of face-to-face classes. This is why the forementioned, supplemental classes at the residency site of the adults are so important.

 

Summary/Closure

Regardless of these challenges, the four students are benefitting from their studies at their respective institutions.  They are extremely happy and grateful for the opportunities such studies offer them now to improve their knowledge and skills for their future independence.  We can report that these students are deeply appreciative of the support coming from GlobalGiving.

 

We hope that our next report in September 2021 will indicate a growing stability in Haiti politically and security wise.

 

Financial Report

Please note that all of the admission installments for the 2020-2021 academic year have been paid as follows.

 

 

Dépenses effectuées

Rapport scolaire

Novembre 2020 – Mai 2021

 

Montant reçu (Amount received)                                        $ 7,145.73 USD

 

Collège Cœur de Jésus

1er Versement* x 3                                                                  $ 1,572.51 USD

2e Versement x 3                                                                    $    635.01 USD

3e Versement x 3                                                                    $    635.01 USD

Fourniture & matériel                                                                 560.00 USD

Transport & nourriture                                                            $  1,350.00 USD

Total Collège Cœur de Jésus 1                                            $ 4,752.53 USD                                              

 

Institut Monfort

1er Versement                                                                          $ 504.17 USD

2e Versement                                                                          $   33.33 USD

3e Versement                                                                           $   33.33 USD

Fourniture & matériel                                                              $ 160.00 USD

Transport & nourriture                                                            $ 400.02 USD                                                             

Total Institut Monfort 2                                                       $ 1,130.85 USD

 

Total dépense effectuée (Amount dispensed)                    $ 5,883.38 USD

 

Balance restante (Amount remaining)                                $ 1,262.35 USD                      

 

*Installment

    


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GlobalGiving Quarterly Report 

Submitted on January 12, 2021

By Friends of St. Vincent’s Inc.

 

Report on the 2019-2020 academic year of Scolarship Recipients (English Translation)

Introduction

This academic year 2019 - 2020 was a year when everyone and everything was chaotically turned upside down, either by the political crisis, and then by the pandemic commonly known as "Covid-19". From the opening of classes on September 09, 2020, anti-partisans of the local power brokers began to demonstrate against the high cost of living and for the resignation of the President of the Republic of Haiti in order to prevent the country from functioning. After the third week of class , all activities were paralyzed, because of "Pays-lock" ( a Country Lockdown). Despite this two adults did three (3) weeks of class during the month of September 2020. We waited timidly until the end of November 2020 for the reopening of classes. At the beginning of December 2020, all activities resumed normally until the [COVID] lockdown date of March 19, 2020 when all activities were closed until further notice.

As of April 2020, some schools took the initiative to provide online lessons mainly through the WhatsApp application. Two adults attended those. A helper had to leave his job to read the notes for them on a tape recorder so that they could study and do their homework. However, they weren't really able to adapt at first for lack of practice and experience on braille machines to type easily. It was then difficult to understand and master their lessons.

 After the period of confinement, they underwent the 2nd exam of the year from July 27 - 31, 2020. Then the resumption of classes took place from August 10 to September 18, 2020. To complete the academic year 2019 – 2020, the final exam took place from September 21 to 25, 2020.  We waited for the school report to be given to them so that we could start the new academic year 2020 – 2021 which was to start October 19, 2020. Unfortunately, they were not promoted to the next class for lack of rigor and commitment. So they must redo the class. As for a third adult, he underwent two (2) exams, one before the containment of Covid-19 and the other at the end of September 2020 which was the final exam to complete the academic year 2019 – 2020. We had to wait until October 8, 2020 to receive the school report. Fortunately, he obtained favorable results as he made a commitment to work with rigor. Hence, he was promoted to NSII.

Comments or Suggestions

Adult #1

She has an obligation to redo the class. She has shortcomings, lack of rigor and difficulty in applying and assimilating the courses. We have to put a traveling teacher to work and revise the lessons with her.

Adult #2

He has the obligation to redo the class. He has shortcomings, lack of rigor and difficulty in applying and assimilating the courses. We need a traveling teacher to work and revise lessons with him.

Adult #3

He is intelligent and his efforts are satisfactory. He takes on his sense of responsibility.c.  He started the new year in upper class, “Secondary II” since October 12, 2020.

Compte rendu sur l’année académique 2019-2020 des Adults (En Francais)

Introduction

Cette année académique 2019 – 2020, c’était une année où tout le monde et toutes les choses ont été chaotiquement bouleversées, soit par la crise politique, et ensuite par la pandémie communément appelée « Covid-19 ».  Dès l’ouverture des classes le 09 septembre 2020, des anti-partisans du pouvoir en place a commencé à manifester contre la vie chère et la démission du Président de la République d’Haïti pour empêcher fonctionner le pays, après la troisième semaine de classe, toutes les activités ont paralysé, donc cela allait provoquer « Pays Clock ». Malgré cela qu’ils ont fait trois (3) semaines de classe au cours du mois septembre 2020.

On allait attendre jusqu’à la fin du mois de novembre 2020 pour la réouverture de classes mais timidement. Au commencement du mois de décembre 2020, toutes les activités ont recommencé normalement pour arriver à la date du confinement, le 19 mars 2020 où toutes les activités ont fermé jusqu’à la nouvelle l’ordre.

A partie du mois d’avril 2020, quelques écoles ont pris l’initiative de dispenser les cours onlines surtout grâce l’application WhatsApp ; parmi eux celle des deuz adultes. Un guide etait obligé de laisser son boulot pour faire la lecture des notes pour eux sur son magnétophone afin qu’ils puissent étudier et faire leurs devoirs, cependant, ils n’ont pas été vraiment capable de s’adapter d’abord par manque de pratique et d’expérience sur les machines brailles pour taper aisément, ensuite du mal à appréhender et maitriser les cours. 

Après la période du déconfinement, ils ont subi le 2e examen de l’année, du 27 - 31 juillet 2020, puis la reprise des classes s’est fait du 10 Août au 18 Septembre 2020 ; pour boucler l’année académiques 2019 – 2020 et enfin l’examen final a déroulé dès le 21 au 25 Septembre 2020 en attendant qu’on aura leur donné le bulletin scolaire pour qu’on puisse commencer la nouvelle année académique 2020 – 2021 s’étant fait le 19 octobre 2020 dernier. Malheureusement, ils ne sont été promus en classe supérieure par manque de rigueur et d’engagement. Donc, ils refont la classe.

Quant à le toisieme adult, il a subi deux (2) examens, l’un avant le confinement du Covid-19 et l’autre à la fin du mois de septembre 2020 pour faire l’examen final et boucler l’année académique 2019 – 2020, il fallait attendre le 8 octobre 2020 pour prendre le bulletin scolaire. Heureusement, il a obtenu des résultats favorables, donc il a pris son engagement pour travailler avec rigueur. D’où, il est promu en NSII.        

Adult #1

  1. Elle a pour obligation de refaire la classe
  2. Elle a de lacunes, manque de rigueur et du mal à appliquer et assimiler les cours.
  3. Il faut nous mettre un professeur itinérant pour travailler et réviser les cours avec elle.

Adult #2 

  1. Il a pour obligation de refaire la classe
  2. Il a de lacunes, manque de rigueur et du mal à appliquer et assimiler les cours. 
  3. Il faut nous mettre un professeur itinérant pour travailler et réviser les cours avec lui.

Adult #3

  1. Il est intelligent et ses efforts sont satisfaisants.
  2. Il prend son sens de responsabilité. 
  3. Il a commencé la nouvelle année en classe supérieure, « Secondaire II » depuis le 12 octobre 2020.

 

 

 

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