What if your child's education cost 20-70% of your annual income? What if you earned less than $2.00 a day? Could you still send them to school?
Students in Haiti urgently need our help.
50% of Haitian children do not attend school. 30% of children attending primary school will not make it 3rd Grade. 60% will not make it 6th Grade. Why??
-- There are very few public schools in Haiti.
-- Almost all schools in Haiti -- 90% -- are privately run and most require tuition fees.
-- This is financially impossible for parents who are living in poverty.
-- Two-thirds of all Haitians live on less than $2.00 (USD) per day.
-- Nearly 25% of the country’s population lives in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 (USD) per day.
Who is Haiti Education & Development Corporation?
Haiti Education and Development Corp. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is working to help support education for children in Haiti. Their current project is to support a rural elementary school in Thomassique, Haiti, called St. Luc Episcopal School.
Facts About St. Luc School:
The school is a one-room, partially-enclosed building. Students gather in different corners of the room, according to their grade levels. Pre-COVID enrollment was around 78 students.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on attendance at St. Luc. St. Luc currently has 43 students, grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Parents can send their students to St. Luc free-of-charge, and when the school has enough funds to afford food, they feed lunch to the students during the school day. Children and their families are slowly returning.
Facts About Thomassique, Haiti:
Thomassique, Haiti is a rural town about 20 miles west of the border with the Dominican Republic. The average income in the area is less than $700 per year. Less than 40% of the homes in Thomassique (and only 15% of the homes in the outlying villages) have running water. Less 40% of the homes have sanitation (i.e., a latrine) on their property.
HEADCorp. is trying to provide as much financial support to St. Luc as possible, as they do not have any other international partners who are assisting them at this time. In the meantime, they need funds to cover basic costs of the 2020 - 2021 school year:
Immediate Needs for 2020 – 2021 School Year:
-- Daily Lunches = $7,700
-- School supplies (e.g. student & teacher books, tables, chalk) = $2,000
-- Teacher salaries (7 teachers) = $10,500 ($1,500 each/per year)
-- Support Staff (Cooking, Housekeeping) = $1,300
-- Uniforms = $500
Why Your Help is So Important:
St. Luc School provides students a with a safe, stable learning environment where they can be with their peers and feel loved and supported – just like our kids do. Education opportunities are so scarce in Haiti, but so critically important. We want to keep the students of St. Luc coming back year after year. Every year of education that Haitian students receive, exponentially increases their quality of life. Please help us provide these sweet kiddos with an opportunity to go to school every day and have a hot meal. You have no idea what a difference you can make in their lives.
Education in Haiti = Safety, Hope & Opportunity
From the bottom of our hearts -- thank you SO MUCH for your support!!
Please visit HEADCorp's website for more information at: www.headcorp.net