Education
 Haiti
Project #8911

Change Lives with English Education

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
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EIM Assistant Principal and Teacher Enock (Nocky)
EIM Assistant Principal and Teacher Enock (Nocky)

The English in Mind (EIM) Institute in Haiti recently hosted a volunteer, Emily, with some amazing photography skills.

So, although we only sent you an update two weeks ago, we couldn’t resist posting a quick “photo report” using the some of the pictures we weren’t able to include last time.

We also wanted to share another great opportunity to help EIM thanks to GlobalGiving.

This June 15 donations to this project will be matched by an incredible 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern US Time and donations up to $1,000 will be matched per donor while funds remain. In the UK matching will start at 2pm and up to £1,000 will be matched per donor.

So, please consider making a gift on June 15 if you can, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

We hope you enjoy Emily’s photos.

Pierre and his fellow beginner students
Pierre and his fellow beginner students
Teachers Elza and Stephanie - amazing role models
Teachers Elza and Stephanie - amazing role models
Stephanie is also an advanced student at EIM
Stephanie is also an advanced student at EIM
A packed recent women-only beginner class
A packed recent women-only beginner class
Teacher Alex in his advanced level 1 class
Teacher Alex in his advanced level 1 class
The EIM Institute is thriving because of you
The EIM Institute is thriving because of you

Thanks to your fantastic generosity the English in Mind (EIM) Institute in Haiti is continuing to thrive.

As with our previous project reports we once again asked EIM’s International Director, Stephanie Price, to provide an update from Port-au-Prince. Here’s what Steph had to say:

“Exam season is almost here at EIM and our students are hard at work!

Every July our students take one of four official Cambridge exams that tests their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The stakes are high as those who pass will move up a level and start a new class at EIM come September. They will also earn a valuable certificate that can be used to find new employment.

Those who don’t pass are able to repeat their current level and try again next year. But, this doesn’t stop our highly motivated students from pouring everything they have into passing!

The summer is also the time we prepare to welcome new students into our ranks. Our plan is to accept new applications this June and ultimately accept around 80 new students across all our various levels.

We are especially excited with our developing women-only and men-only beginner classes. The friendly competition these classes have created has greatly increased both attendance and performance among all our beginner students.

Outside of classes, the volunteer trips that EIM runs to Haiti are growing and expanding like never before! So much so that we’ve recently launched ‘EIM Adventures’.

This is a social business EIM has created to leads various trips to Haiti with focuses on education, health, yoga, design, coffee and adventure. These trips employ EIM students as guides and generate profits that are folded back into the school to help make EIM more sustainable and less reliant on foreign donations.

Interested in joining us?

Check out EIMAdventures.com

Thanks so much for continuing to support EIM as it continues to develop into a sustainable, independent entity.    

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org or Steph@Englishinmind.org, both of us are always happy to provide direct updates.

EIM
EIM's women's beginner class in Exams
And the men
And the men's class too!
The ladies preparing before exams
The ladies preparing before exams
Elza is a teacher and a role model at EIM
Elza is a teacher and a role model at EIM

Thanks to your amazing support it’s been a great start to 2016 at the English in Mind (EIM) Institute in Haiti.

As with our last report we once again asked EIM’s International Director Steph to provide an update from Port-au-Prince. Here’s what Steph had to say:

“Back in the fall of 2015 we admitted 90 new students to our school. In years past there has been a fair amount of dropouts in the first few months as students decide if this is a commitment they really want to take on. Happily this is NOT the case this year!

Nearly all of our new students have committed to classes and are getting involved in the life of our school. We are especially impressed with our new women-only Beginners class, which has the highest attendance rate in the school!

What's more, after our first graduation this past November we also decided to create a special new class for our alumni. With the help of our newest teacher, Alison, EIM is now offering a bi-weekly class to help our grads secure meaningful employment using their new English skills. From resume writing and interview skills, to tourism trips and networking opportunities, we’re helping set our grads up for success in whatever career they choose to pursue.

Lastly, our volunteer trips are also expanding this year. Beyond the six scheduled trips usually planned, we have recently formed some exciting new partnerships to offer more types of trips in more places. For example, we’re now working with a mobile maternity clinic out west in Cayes to bring groups of volunteers in for public health / tourism trips. These trips are led by EIM guides and trip leaders, and the proceeds will benefit both the clinic and our school!

It’s a win-win and partnerships like these are creating more employment opportunities for our students, more in-country revenue for EIM, and introducing more and more people to this beautiful country.

Thanks for your support and feel free to come and visit! “

Steph also sent us some beautiful photos and background information on EIM students and staff which we wanted to share with you as well - some of these faces you might recognise from your amazing support of our microproject appeals.

Firstly Elza, pictured above, is more than a teacher at EIM, she’s a true leader. Now in her second year of teaching with EIM, Elza heads up the school's growing women-only Beginner class. In Haiti women’s education is sadly not typically as highly valued as men’s. So, EIM is trying hard to encourage its female students more by giving them their own class when they're most shy. Beyond teaching them language skills, Elza is a true role model of what a well-educated, English-speaking women looks like.

And then there’s Florence below. Florence started with EIM as a beginner back in 2011. Now, five years later, she’s in the highest level class – Advanced 2, and is aiming to graduate this summer. Beyond being a student, Florence is also training to be a volunteer trip leader with EIM to lead groups of foreign volunteers out west for a week. Doing this she’ll apply not only her English skills, but also the vital leadership skills she’s learned within the EIM community.

Pete, also below, transferred to EIM last year as a shy, intermediate student. One year later his English has bloomed and he’s also come out of his shell - Pete was also recently chosen to be a  volunteer trip leader!  We have high hopes for what this charismatic Advanced 1 student will now achieve, both in school and in life.

And finally, Ansly is a quiet leader at EIM. While his soft spoken demeanor might fool you, Ansly is a strong personality at the school – leading others both as a trip leader for foreign volunteers and as the president of the garden club which runs on EIM’s land.

Thanks so much for supporting Elza, Florence, Peterson and almost 200 more students at EIM. As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org or Steph@Englishinmind.org, both of us are always happy to provide direct updates.

Florence has learned English and leadership skills
Florence has learned English and leadership skills
Pete was shy but his natural charisma now shines
Pete was shy but his natural charisma now shines
Ansly may seem quite but he
Ansly may seem quite but he's a strong leader
We salute EIM
We salute EIM's first graduating class!

From recently buying a second plot of land, to celebrating its first ever graduating classit’s turning out to be a fantastic end to 2015 for the English In Mind (EIM) Institute in Haiti.

In our last report we introduced EIM’s International Director, Stephanie Price. We asked Steph to provide this latest update and here’s what she had to say:

“We have so much to be grateful for at EIM. Just last month we officially closed on a second piece of property, doubling the size of our land and providing a large enough foundation on which to build the school of our dreams. Although waiting to buy more land has delayed construction, we feel it was the best move to meet both our current needs and our goals for the future as well. Already, EIM students are using our existing, lush property for gardening, outdoor classes and special events. And more space is needed.

In September we also held our annual new student admission process and the turnout was unbelievable. Over 300 people poured into EIM in hopes of gaining a place in our school. After an extensive testing period, we were able to admit 90 new students, including 2 new beginner classes – one for men and one for women. We’re hoping that by separating these classes by gender, especially in the beginning, our female students will be able to better encourage one another, and hopefully stick with the program through the end. Already, we’re seeing very high attendance levels in all of our 2015-2016 classes.

Our trips also continued to thrive in 2015, as we were able to offer 8 different volunteer and tourism based trips for foreigners to work with EIM students, and enjoy this beautiful country. Over the summer, 6 EIM students were also selected and trained up to be trip leaders. This fall, they partnered with our international leaders to host their first trips and earned rave reviews from participants. We don’t know how we ever did it without them!

Finally, on November 28th, EIM celebrated our first ever graduation. 11 incredible students took the stage in front of family and friends, earning their diplomas and marking the end of our rigorous 5-year program. Hearing the speeches by teachers, students and friends alike, we were all reminded of just how far we’ve come at EIM. What started as a simple language exchange in 2010, really has become one of the top English institutes in Haiti. Wow.”

EIM really has had a fantastic 2015 and your generous support has played a big part in that. And there’s still time in the weeks ahead to make EIM’s year really end with bang!

For example, there’s match funding available for any new recurring donations set up via GlobalGiving during December. On the US GlobalGiving site your initial donation will receive a 100% match after four months (a limit of $200 applies). On the UK site the terms are the same but the matching limit is £100.

Recurring donations are particularly amazing, as they allow EIM to plan ahead more effectively. But we would obviously also be very grateful for any further one time gifts you might be able to make as the Holiday season continues.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

New trip leaders Jure and Merove at "Bassin Bleu"
New trip leaders Jure and Merove at "Bassin Bleu"
Donations made this month will go even further
Donations made this month will go even further
EIM students in class
EIM students in class

In this report I’m excited to announce some important developments about the English in Mind (EIM) Institute in Haiti.

If you’re a new supporter you may not know that EIM started simply as a group of local Haitians who wanted to improve their English. Their desire stemmed from a knowledge that, with English, they could find work in hotels, restaurants and offices.

In the summer of 2010, a member of that group, Brunel, approached us and made a simple request for us to provide native English speakers with whom they could practice their skills. We agreed and found that Brunel and his friends were meeting on rooftops, in tents, in churches, in fact wherever they could find space.

It was clear that there was a real hunger to learn English.

So, for the next 18 months, our volunteers worked to develop this informal group of aspirational Haitians into a formal school. Then, as our international volunteers left Haiti, the school was transitioned to local teaching and management staff.

Having previously selected the Cambridge English curriculum the local staff unanimously decided to call their newly independent school the English in Mind Institute, after the Cambridge textbooks. Brunel became the principal of the new school.

Over the years we’ve continued to meet EIM’s running costs with the help of amazing donors like you.

However, our former Project Manager for the school, Steph, has also worked tirelessly to support the school both financially, and to further develop EIM as its own organisation.

This July, Steph completed the registration of “Friends of EIM”, a US based 501(c)(3) organisation / charity. While establishing this new organisation Steph began fundraising directly for EIM itself. As a result our own contributions towards the school’s running costs have now decreased.

Moving forward we’ll continue to provide $300 (around £200) a month towards these running costs. We’ll also provide ongoing financial oversight by continuing to review EIM’s monthly expenditures.

However, we also want to officially recognise and salute the tireless efforts of Brunel, Steph and all the Haitian staff. Their dedication and talent have turned IDV’s original project into an amazing organisation in its own right.

In the last year alone 23 EIM students secured new employment because of their English and 2 received university scholarships.

While none of this would have been possible without Brunel and Steph, it also wouldn’t have been possible without your own generosity over the last five years. So thank you so much, and we hope you’ll continue to support the future success of EIM.

If you have any questions about these developments, or about the school in general, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Brunel is now EIM
Brunel is now EIM's principal
Steph is now EIM
Steph is now EIM's International Director
 

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.idvolunteers.org
Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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