This year the 9th year fundamental exams were administered July 19-21 to grade 9 students across Haiti. Students cannot get promoted to the 10th grade if they do not pass the exams, regardless of performance during the school year. In Haiti, grade 10 is the first year of high school, which goes up to grade 13. Our school College Les Sophos sent 19 students to take the national exam, and 16 of them passed. We are proud of all 19 students! They’ve had to endure a lot this year.
We thank you, the dear donors for your support. Without your crucial donations, the previous year wouldn’t be possible for our students. Honestly, we didn’t expect this great success from our precious students given the circumstances. Besides, the social unrest and extreme economic hardship, their school was vandalized, and they were terrorized.
We’re grateful for our supporters, we’re proud of our students, and we are hopeful for a successful new school year. Congratulations to our scholars!
Some of our 9th graders from the beginning of the school year:
I was in Haiti on July 07, 2021 when the country learned in the early morning hours of that Wednesday that the President of the country was assassinated. This was shocking to many people inside and outside the country. Personally, having taken 10 trips to Haiti since 2018, I can attest to the growing insecurity, hunger and instability. Haiti is a complicated place with many challenges. Yet, I’m not deterred; I believe and know the country can improve because it used to be better in many ways.
The children and their future keep me going. We must continue the work to provide for the children and to create opportunities for the people of Haiti.
We are working with our partner school, College Les Sophos d’ Haïti, formerly located in Delmas 33, to find a new location. Please support our campaign:
Haiti has seen a sharp increase in instability and gang violence in recent years. On June 03, it unfortunately hit home. One of our partner schools, College Les Sophos d’ Haïti, located in Delmas 33, was violently forced to close. In April, gangsters came brandishing a gun in front of the students and demanded the director of the school close it down. The thugs came back in June, breached the school doors and proceeded to destroy benches, desk, chairs, boards, and ripped up all the paperwork including report cards and birth certificates. We are grateful no students were in the school at that time of this vandalism. Why this heinous act? Because these thugs want to sell the land, which does not belong to the school director who pays the rent with the help of Home Roots Foundation. Although the owners of the land have paperwork, stealing land has also increased in Haiti. The police in this matter were useless.
Now, we are scrambling to have makeshift classes at the home of the school director so students can take exams and finish out the year. These students cannot afford to go elsewhere and face the fact of either “pay tuition or go home” at other schools. Home Roots will work with the school, parents and students to see what can be done in the future for a new location. We are resolute in the commitment to the advancement of Haiti and its people. This will not deter us. We will provide an updates.
Many of us in the developed world take for granted being able to send a child to grade school without paying the school directly. In Haiti education is a significant financial strain on parents. More than 85% of primary schools are non-public and enroll over 80% of all primary school children. Students are often forced to stay home due to inability to pay. Just under half of people over fifteen is illiterate. We are working to change this reality. Each donation received to pay for school is hope to a young a child of a better tomorrow.
Hello, my name is Bihama, I am 10 years old. I am a 7th grader at the College Les Sophos D’Haiti. I want to become a doctor. I like doing vocabulary and grammar, and I like to study the nature around me like the animals, flowers and trees. I liked to ask questions about the natural world, like rivers, the sun and stars I see at night.
The 2020/2021 kindergarten class of Institute Source Mixte Divine. This school is in Titanyen where a memorial exists for the victims of the earthquake of 2010.
Job is a 7-year-old third grader in Haiti. He is the top student in his class. However, he had been out of school for almost three weeks because he could not make a $100 dollar payment on his tuition ($320 total). Home Roots awarded him with a scholarship for the rest of the year! He and his parents were extremely thankful. And we are thankful for you, our supporters, for making a scholarship to such a talented student possible.
In Haiti well over 80 percent of schools are nonpublic and require tuition, fees, uniforms, and supplies. The situation with Job occurs in Haiti every day since most parents simply cannot afford the cost. If not for the scholarship Job would have missed the rest of the school year and have to repeat the grade. This leads to student being in grades far lower for their age.
Every year we work to award scholarships to students in the communities we are active in. We are working to increase the number we can award and keep the students in the classrooms. In addition to helping keep the kids in school, these scholarships help Home Roots gain the trust of the community.
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