Emmanuella, a forme " restavec", now a 4th grader
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.