One of our primary goals is to help the people of Haiti help themselves – to enable them to lift themselves out of the poverty that makes Haiti the poorest country in the western hemisphere. As we improve the educational results in Haiti, young people will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to address the many challenges facing their country. For these eager students, education is the key to a better future.
Each year, we conduct a summer fundraising program to support the schools in our sister parish of St. Joseph in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti. Without this help, many of the children in this community would not be able to attend school. This year, we will need to raise over $24,000 to support the operation of 3 schools with 360 registered students.
With the funds raised for the 2019 – 2020 school year, we will be able to provide:
- A dependable source of pay for teachers
- Teacher training
- Books and other school supplies essential for a quality education
- A nutritious meal for students (often the best meal of the day for them)
- Scholarships for students to attend secondary schools in the area
The pretty smile that Civil shares with us belies the harsh reality of her life. Civil is a student at St. Joseph parish school in Haiti – and a domestic servant. Her parents are too poor to keep her at home. They entrust her to another family where she does domestic work. This practice is a modern-day form of child slavery which persists in Haiti. Father Faustin tells us that 60 percent of the children at St. Joseph parish school are servants, an indicator of how widespread poverty is among the people that he serves. He says, “Their only chance in life remains a quality education.”
To further reinforce his position, Father adds: “Why should child domestic workers be encouraged to go to school? In a country like Haiti where there is no social assistance, education remains the only way for these children to break the chain of child domestic labor. Helping these children is helping them out of this inhumane situation.”
Please help Civil and the children of the 3 schools we support in Haiti by donating during our Education Fund Drive, May 15th – July 15th.