I am excited to share the opportunity we have to grow the literacy program we launched in Fond des Blancs (FdB), Haiti last year. After visiting FdB last year and learning about the illiteracy problems that keep people from the opportunity to obtain one of very few jobs available, I knew we had to do something.
Education in Haiti is completely privatized. Though so many children in America claim to dislike school, they are immensely privileged compared to children of Haiti. Only those who can pay for tuition and uniforms may go to school. Poor families make incredible sacrifices to give their children the gift of education knowing it is their only hope to escape the brutality of severe poverty. The reality of the problem is this: Only 55 percent of Haitian children go to primary school, only 2 percent finish secondary school, and about 1/3 of Haitian youth (15-24) are estimated to be illiterate (source).
After meeting young people in FdB who asked for help to go to school, ACR sponsored its first five children to begin in 2012. We shared our joy and success in this previous post.
So I’m now excited to share that we have the opportunity to grow our education program in FdB. For a cost of $3,150, we can make it possible for 26 adults to go to literacy classes with our new partner facility called CENA (Centre Educatif de Nan Akou). We are also seeking funding to grow our child education program in Puits Laurent, a tiny village high in the mountains in the FdB area.
Will you give the gift of education to the poorest of the poor in FdB? Imagine 26 adults who can become literate and pave a brighter pathway ahead. And maybe, like me, you can picture those five and more children beaming proudly (see three from 2012 on their first day above) as they walk into school in a new uniform for the privilege of going to school because we care enough to make it happen.
THE NEED: Tuition and supplies for 26 adults and five children (the poorest of the poor) to attend school in Fond des Blancs, Haiti for $3,150. If you can help us help, please visit our giving page.
Kristie Fry, Founder and Executive Director
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