To celebrate the completion of the school, the Haiti School Project Board in collaboration with the local school and community leaders are holding a Grand Opening celebration at the school itself. The entire community of Villard has been invited to partake in this inauguration and commemorate the achievement.
We came to you last summer seeking assistance to apply the finishing touches to the Villard School. With your help and generosity we were able to stucco and paint the building to make the school ready for the 2013-14 school year.
The school is now complete! Together we have made the dream of a new school a reality for the children of Villard. As of October, the Villard School has been regularly holding classes with the primary grades (1-6) using the school building in the morning and the upper grades (7-9) in the afternoon.
Since our involvement, the school has gone from old pole-and-metal-roof classrooms where wind and rain interfered with teaching, to the new school with real classrooms. Imagine how proud the students feel going to school in their new building! The pictures say more than we ever could:
Now that the school is complete and after listening to the Villard School’s principal, teachers, and parents about their needs, Haiti School Project will focus on two significant upcoming projects:
- Electricity for the Villard School. Think about what access to the internet will mean to the children, not to mention lighting which will allow for greater use of the building.
- Kitchen to prepare lunches. The school lunch for many children is the only meal they will have for the day!
To make this happen, we need to raise $24,000.
We hope you have seen how we honored our mission and our duty to you, our donors. We as a Board of Directors have worked hard and have put your money to great use efficiently (99% of donations go straight to our projects). We have a proven track record of success and ask for your continued support.
Consider making a donation of any amount keeping in mind what it will mean to the students, parents, and teachers of the Villard School and to Haiti’s future by donating online or sending a check to PO Box 1894, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
The Board of Directors of the Haiti School Project are thankful for each of you, our partners and donors. We could not have done it without you!
Our August 2013 Teaching Training Was a Success!
Following the success of our August 2012 Teacher Training, we planned for another one to take place this August 2023 in Villard, Haiti. Leading the training was Marta del Pilar Lynch, an experienced educator of 20+ years who gracefully donated her time to go to Haiti and support our effort. Read more about the 3-day workshop.
The workshop received very positive feedback overall. Teachers were encouraged to discuss their vision of a “good school” and Directors were brought into the discussion on how to make it happen. There was emphasis on “evolving” the children; encouraging them to ask questions, think critically and problem-solve.
We extend a big “Thank You” to Pilar, the volunteers and all those on the ground in Haiti who helped us coordinate this year’s training. To our donors, we say thank you as well as this effort would not be possible without your generosity.
Aspen Public Radio’s CrossCurrents does an update on the Haiti School Project
We Did It!
After two and a half years of hard work and dedication, the Haiti School Project has delivered on its goal to complete the school building in Villard, Haiti by mid-2013. We are already seeing the positive socio-economic impact that the school is having within the community and on its children but we’re not done yet! Our mission is to support a sustained investment in education that will promote economic development and improve the quality of life in Haiti and as such, our energy is now focused on that longer term effort. Join us in changing lives for the better.