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Community Empowerment Network-Haiti (CEN Haiti) has been providing support to the Petion-Ville community in Haiti for the past four years. The only community school in the area, l’Ecole Communautaire de Phillippeau particularly targets restaveks, who are children who left their rural home where there are no schools available to stay with family members in the city in hope of being able to attend school and pay for their room and board by doing housework. The school was founded in 2002 specifically to provide an educational opportunity for this at-risk youth population.
Project Description and Rationale:
The school is located in a low-income area that has seen an influx of residents with each natural disaster over the past decade. Since its partnership with CEN-Haiti began in 2016, the school has made significant progress in revitalizing and reconstructing a strong educational program for approximately 400 students per year. To accommodate the maximum number of students, the school offers a morning program from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and another program from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Because the school particularly focuses on providing educational services to restaveks, the half-day program gives the students time to come to school without neglecting their house chores. Making the program half-day and free, except for a small administrative fee, removes any excuse for families not sending a child to school. In order to ensure the integrity of the program, the local Committee for the Protection of Children will visit the home of any child who has missed school to caution the family that they will be reported to the local authority if their child does not attend school regularly. The committee is composed of local leaders who are very good at following up to ensure that the host families treat the restavek children and youth well, including giving them sufficient time to focus on their studies and complete homework.
L’Ecole Communautaire de Philippeau provides at-risk youth with a comprehensive primary- to-secondary education program, thus addressing a critical need for the surrounding communities. The program expects to also offer young people an opportunity to continue their education, learn English, and build technical skills necessary to attain a job in one of the local industries.
Professional education continues to be a key factor in Haiti’s economic development. The accumulated deficits from natural disaster and economic downfall have created a situation that requires an immediate effort on the part of the Haitian government and local organizations to support underprivileged children who are marginalized due to issues of economic class. It is imperative to support these youth by providing technical assistance and training that could enable them to benefit from a good education that meets their needs.
How Much Money the School Needs for its Yearly Operations:
Recognizing the critical importance of education to community empowerment and economic development, CEN-Haiti has invested heavily in the revitalization of the school. This campaign will support the school to raise $15,000, which is needed to meet its yearly operating budget and sustain the school for the remainder of the 2019 school year. One generous donor has already pledged $10,000. Please join us and helping raise an additional $5,000 in funds through Faithify.
MID-YEAR QUANTITATIVE RESULTS (2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)
|Number of Registered Students||400 (5 classes with 40 students each/morning and afternoon groups)|
|Number that will complete the academic year||390|
|Number of Teachers||13 (6 for Primary School; 7 for Secondary)|
|Average Number of Teacher Hours Per Week||44|
Anonymous04/18/2019Invest in Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Youth in Haiti: Support L’Ecole Communautaire de Philippeau$500.00
04/17/2019Invest in Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Youth in Haiti: Support L’Ecole Communautaire de Philippeau$50.00
Anonymous04/17/2019Invest in Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Youth in Haiti: Support L’Ecole Communautaire de PhilippeauEducation is so important for all children.$50.00
04/15/2019This is a very worthy cause.$50.00
04/01/2019Love this project and know it is going to real community development in solidarity with the youth and teachers of Haiti.$300.00