Frances Landers, the founder of the Haiti Education Foundation, and Father Jean-Wilfrid Albert, designed a budget in which $75 provides a full year of school for one child.
Our primary focus is obtaining a $75 annual scholarship for each of the 10,000 students attending Haiti Education Foundation supported schools.
How can such a small amount of money do so much?
You can help by sponsoring a child for $75. Renew your sponsorship each year before the October school term opens. Once a child receives a scholarship to attend an HEF school, they are guaranteed a scholarship until their education is complete.
If you would rather mail in your donation, or if you would like to make your donation in memory of or in honor of someone special, click on the image above to download the form (pdf), fill it out and mail it in with your donation check or money order.
Thank you in advance for your support!
The main focus of the Haiti Education Foundation is to provide scholarships for children to attend school. There are two types of school structures in the areas that we serve; those that are temporary – usually a pavilion-type structure with woven banana bark sides or permanent structures built from concrete blocks.
It is our hope that all of our schools will one day be permanent structures. Just as building supply costs have gone up here in the US, they have also increased in Haiti. The labor costs are very low – most labor is done by the villagers where the school is being built. The average cost to build a 10 room school at this time ranges between $45,000 and $60,000. The variance of the expense depends on the location of the school and the terrain of the foundation. If the location is remote and trucks cannot deliver supplies, then they must be carried in by individuals.
Schools are constructed of concrete blocks and can range from 8 to 12 rooms. The larger buildings have 2 stories. The concrete blocks are most often formed onsite. A water cistern is built first to collect water for mixing concrete. Because these remote areas of Haiti lack water lines, water is collected primarily during the rainy season.
Construction at some sites may seem slow by U.S. standards because without water, work cannot proceed. After all the concrete blocks are made, they are set. Buildings have concrete floors and roofs with open-air windows to provide circulation. A school site ideally includes a school building, kitchen and storage commissary.
Some sites also include a church building. Those not having a church building meet inside the classrooms or somewhere on the grounds.
The school buildings represent much to the Haitian people. They are very proud to be able to have a place for their children to learn and to worship. The school also serves as a safe haven during storms. To the people of Haiti, the schools remind them of God's love for them!
The Haiti Education Foundation is pleased to announce that students will now be able to fully complete high school graduation requirements at St. Matthias School in Cherident. In the past, students wishing to enter the university program were required to go to a one-year "finishing school", formally known in Haiti as Terminal II.
Because students were required to attend these classes in Port-au-Prince, they faced increased expenses and extremely difficult living conditions. Students from both St. Matthias and Ascension Parishes are able to take advantage of these classes. Eight new Haitian teachers have been hired to instruct the students. This offering will bless many students!
Sponsor one child with a $75 scholarship to attend school for one year
|SCHOOL SUPPLIES ($35)
K-2nd milk for one child for one year.
|GOAT FUND ($20)
milk for a needy family
|Scholarships for a classroom of students ($2,250)
|School Supplies for a classroom of students ($1,050)
HEF offers an opportunity of giving to the "Poorest of the Poor" gift fund. This donation is used by the priests and their congregations during Christmas to give to the least fortunate in their church communities.
A special church service is held and gifts are given to those most in need. Often, there is a special Christmas Party held at the church following the service. In this way, the church has the opportunity to reach out in their community and help those who have nothing.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti the outpouring of support was amazing. However, time has passed and it is easy to forget that they are still rebuilding. If you would like to help the ongoing effort, you may do so. Thank you.
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