Project #10588

Improve a School for 600 Children in Haiti

by Mercy & Sharing
Happy Children
Happy Children

Dear Friends,

Your ongoing support and generosity continues to amaze and humble us! 

The 2013 – 2014 school year began after a month of improvements were completed:  

  • A fresh coat of paint was added to the outside walls of the school buildings.
  • Images of brightly painted happy characters where added to the sides of the building. 
  • New school benches, tables and desks were purchased and installed. 
  • In addition to the building and school furniture improvements, kitchen plates and utensils were replaced.
  • Each child is provided a hot nutritious meal each day.
  • Additional improvements to the kitchen area are underway with plans to freshen up the space with fresh paint, replace the broken tile floor and improve the countertops.

The water well is fully functional and not only serves the children of the John Branchizio school, but the surrounding community of Cazeau has access to clean drinking water as well. 

Your continued support and generosity will allow us to begin to address serious flooding issues that occur during periods of heavy rain. 

The John Branchizio School continues to excel in educating over 600 students in Pre-K through 11th grade, with quality teachers and an exceptional Director. 

As one of the top 10 schools in the Tabarre area of Port-au-Prince, the improvements to the outside of the buildings and the grounds, new school furniture and kitchen wares, the students have a safe and inviting school in which to excel.

Thank you for making a HUGE difference for the students of the John Branchizio School! 

It is your compassion and generosity that deeply impacts the lives of these children, each and every day.

Warmest regards,

The Entire Team at Mercy & Sharing


JB School Boy
JB School Boy

Dear Friends,

Because of your generosity and support, 663 students at Mercy & Sharing's John Branchizio School will be back in class on September 2, 2013! During the summer, they have participated in organized activities in the morning and received a hot, nutritious meal each day.  Now that school is starting again, they will soon be back in a rigorous routine of academics.

Mercy & Sharing is excited to announce that 99% of all students at John Branchizio school passed the National Exam!  This compares to the national average in Haiti of 70% and is quite an achievement for the students and teachers.

This year, we have added an 11th grade class.  The well and chlorination system is working so that each child receives clean drinking water.  Mercy & Sharing has also initiated a Mentor Speaking Program where community leaders speak to the students about their careers.  Hearing from a succesful person encourages students to continue their studies.  So far, students have heard inspirational messages from physicians, attorneys, business leaders, and a hotel owner.

With the funds that you have donated, we will soon be purchasing some new desks and chairs.  These improvements will enhance the educational experience for students and teachers alike.

Please continue to support this project and know that you are making a DIRECT impact on the lives of students who are all dreaming about their futures.


Students at JB School
Students at JB School

Thank you SO MUCH for your donations so far to Mercy & Sharing's John Branchizio School in Port-au-Prince.  I wanted to send you a brief report about the school and how your money has been spent so far.

First, enrollment at John Branchizio School has increased to 647 students in grades preschool through 10.  These students study a core curriculum sanctioned by the Haitian Ministry of Education and receive a hot, nutritious meal every day!

Second, we have installed propane fueled stoves to cook the meals.  These are rare in Haiti and much more clean and efficient than the traditional charcoal fired cooking methods prevalent in Haiti.

Third, we are making repairs to the well pump and chlorination system in order to continue to provide clean water for the students and staff.

YOU HAVE MADE a huge difference already!!!  Next on our list are new desks, tables, and a computer room.  YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT will make these improvements possible.  Education is the key to Haiti's future and we are honored to partner with you in this important work!

Thanks again!


Students at JB School
Students at JB School

Dear Friend,

Thanks so much for your generous donations to help us improve Mercy & Sharing's John Branchizio School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  So far, we have been able to repair a storm damaged roof, remove a building damaged in the earthquake of 2010, and install a wall to secure propane tanks used for cooking student meals.  These repairs and improvements were only possible because of your contributions -- thank you!

There are over 600 students at John Branchizio School who would not otherwise receive an education were it not for Mercy & Sharing.  This is why your support is so crucial.

Next on our list is installing a computer lab to connect older students with the outside world and provide valuable computer skills to help them find a job.  Computer literate graduates are much more likely to find employment.

But we can only do this with your help!  Please continue to give when you can and also tell your friends about this project through email and Facebook.  We are a small organization and can only spread the word about our work with your help!

Thanks again for your compassion and support!




Thank you for your support of Mercy & Sharing's John Branchizio School!  Enrollment has grown to 627 students who gather every weekday to study the core curriculum of math, reading, writing, history, French, and science.  They also receive a hot meal each day.  For many of these children, this is the only nutrition they receive.

Recently, the inspector of the Haitian ministry of National Education and Vocational Training visited John Branchizio School and was very impressed with what he witnessed.  He did recommend, because of the size of our school, that we employ a nurse and have an infirmary for students who may be ill or if there is an emergency. We have contracted with a nurse to provide services for the students.

Your gifts this Christmas are crucial to the continued success of John Branchizio School and we are honored to partner with you in this important work!



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Organization Information

Mercy & Sharing

Location: Carbondale, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Stephen Higgins
Aspen, CO United States

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