On October 7, 2013, the teachers and 500 students in grades 1-6 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite returned to the classroom. As reported previously, the project which made key textbooks in reading, grammar and mathematics available to all the children had a huge impact last year on the learning environment.
One of the beneficiairies of the Project is Emmanuella who now has a chance to realize her educational potential. She is a former "restavec" or child-slave who was abused physically and had only one year of formal education prior to starting at the school in 2011. She was then 10 years old and put in second grade. She is smart and talented, works hard and has adjusted extremely well at the school. Now whe is a thirteen-year-old 4th grader at the school.
We thank you for giving a chance to many disadvantaged children like Emmanuella to pursue their education and make a difference for their families, communities and their native Haiti. The gains realized would have been impossible without your personal commitment and financial support.We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity. We are pleased to let you know that the sustainability of the program is expected to be ensured through recycling and affordable rental fees for the books as well as occasional external support.
In view of the above, we are deactivating this project and hereby solicit your support for our high priority new Global Giving Project—http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head/-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti. The Head Start project for 230 pre-school children who live in a harsh environment of pervasive poverty aims at ensuring that they are better prepared to fully benefit from a primary school curriculum. The project supports teachers’ training, hiring of teachers’ aides and pedagogical materials to further the children’s physical, cognitive and social development.
Please help these children get a high quality early childhood education. We thank you for your continued partnership.
In her end -of- year report, Sister Christiane, Principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Haiti’s Artibonite Region, writes that this past year was unlike any other,largely on account of the positive impact that the provision of textbooks to each and every child had on the teaching environment. The teachers reported that the children were generally more attentive and interactive in class. Sister considers the GlobalGiving-enabled initiative a revolutionary
The 6th grade students who took the end- of- year national exam, a requirement for proceeding to the middle school level ,had a 94% passing rate. This compares to a national passing rate of about 65%. On the other hand, the 2012-2013 in-school passing rate for students in grades 1-5, was only 73% - - underscoring the magnitude of the challenges that remain to be met. These include, interalia, overcrowded classrooms, poorly paid and insufficiently trained teachers,as well as quite a number of malnourished children.
The majority of the books made available through the project will be recycled for the new school year scheduled to start on October 1, 2013 (a month later than usual). The only exception, as indicated in our previous report, is for students in grades 1-2 whose books cannot be used again because they had to write in the texts. Alternative arrangements have been made for books for students in these two grades for this year. With our objective of providing text books to all pupils in grades 1-6 achieved, we are hereby closing the project
Dear donors, your support made possible what happened in the classrooms this year at the School of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We send you our heartfelt thanks. You made possible the learning achievements highlighted above. We are now officially closing this project.
We now have a new GlobalGiving project – http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/head-start-for-230-pre-school-children-in-haiti/-- for improving early childhood education at our school. The project will support teacher training, hiring of teachers’ aides, and pedagogical materials to further the children’s physical, cognitive
and social development.
We hope that you will stay with us and support this project which aims at building the foundation for
lifelong learning and well-being for these 230 children, most of whom live in extreme poverty. A quality early childhood education is an excellent preventive measure which supports breaking of the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Thank you for your continued partnership. MESI ANPIL!
In about a month the school year 2012-2013 will come to an end. For the 500 students of grades 1 to 6, this current year was unlike any other, thanks largely to more than 100 donors who, through GlobalGiving, reached out and made possible the provision of textbooks for these Haitian boys and girls.
Sister Christiane Medidor, Principal of the School Our Lady of Perpetual Help which Partners for Haitian Children (PHC) supports in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite wrote recently:
"Academic results for the first and second semester of school year 2012-2013 were about 20% better than in previous years because the children greatly benefited from the availability of essential educational materials--particularly textbooks for the key subjects of French, Mathematics, Grammar and Social Studies.
Without exception, during the school year, at every encounter with parents whether individually or in group they always mentioned how much it means to them that their children had access to educational tools that as parents they were never able to provide.
The generous donations of GlobalGiving donors made all the difference in our effort to significantly improve the quality of education available to these children.
On behalf of our students, parents and teachers we thank you for bringing our dream of quality primary education closer to reality.
Be assured that the Sisters and children pray daily for their benefactors". April 30, 2013 (English Translation)
"Thanks for the gift of textbooks! What a relief for our parents! Grateful thanks to all those who contributed to this great gesture of love through GlobalGiving" wrote the 6th grade students of Ecole Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours (ENDPS) of Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite, Haiti.
Seven thousand dollars mobilized through GlobalGiving and made available at the end of October 2012 was transferred to ENDPS. Of this amount, $4,000 were used to buy 900 textbooks (see attached list) and thus ensure that for the rest of the school year (January to July 2013) students would have all key textbooks in math, grammar, sciences, geography and French. As a result, all students from grade 1 to 6 have--for the first time in the history of the school-- their own textbooks. This is truly a revolutionary development. When I visited the school in January 2013, students and teachers were still excited about this. Each time I visited a classroom, students would hold their textbooks up to show their pride and gratitude.
Plans call for recycling the books bought this year but not all of them can be used again. More specifically, in the case of grades 1 and 2, students work the exercises in class and are expected to write in their books.The Principal of the school, Sister Christiane, with a view to further enhancing the quality of teaching at ENDPS, plans on using the remainder of the GlobalGiving funds as follows: first, replace books used in grades 1 and 2 which cannot be recycled; 2. organize teacher training and buy resource materials for the teachers who for years have asked for this type of assistance.
The beneficiaries of this project are 500 plus children of grade one to grade 6 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Petite-Riviere de l' Artibonite in Haiti. Until the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, most of the students had no textbooks because their parents were too poor and could not buy books for them. Teachers and parents were conscious and concerned that the children were at a great learning disadvantage.
Thanks to an initial grant from the German Foundation Stiftung Kinder-Hilfe, the first phase of the project was launched in mid-October 2012 and provided primarily math, French and history textbooks. At the beginning of the school year, the new principal--Sister Christiane--discussed the program with parents, teachers and students and explained that a second phase would be supported by funds mobilized through GlobalGiving September 2012 Open Challenge. These funds transferred to PHC at the end of October and to the school by November will ensure that all students will receive the other required texts, at the latest by the beginning of the second trimester.
The children were so excited to have textbooks that they told Sister Christiane that having their own textbooks felt like having received "gifts from heaven"! Teachers and parents as well asked Sister to express their gratitude to all who made possible this remarkable enhancement of learning opportunities for the children.
Pictures included below were taken by a US visitor end September 2012, prior to the beginning of the new school year. The Sisters are not yet able to send pictures through the internet. In these pictures, Sister Christiane and Sister Junie, Director of the orphanage assisted by a few students are putting plastic covers on all the books to better protect them. The students helping are the orphans of the Mission Patriotique Chretienne Orphanage also managed, on the same campus, by the Little Sisters of St. Theresa. The orphanage has 60 orphans of whom 40 attend the primary school.
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