The Haiti School Project’s mission is to:
Support a sustained investment in education that will promote economic development and improve the quality of life in Haiti.
Our mission encompasses more than constructing the school building; it extends to making sure the students receive a quality education that will allow them to prosper and become leaders in Haiti’s development. The school building was just the first step in accomplishing our mission and based on feedback from the parent-teacher committee, we have a number of projects planned for 2014 and have noted two key ones below:
- Installation of Latrines–While toilets/latrines do not seem at first impression to be related to eduction, they are vital to the outcome of the students. In Villard and much of Haiti there is not a functioning sanitary system that we take for granted every day and this causes many waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery to affect children, causing sickness and even death. By installing latrines at the school based on sustainable, composting, design (for more information, visit SOIL), HSP can both provide a proper sanitary system and teach the children and parents the importance of hygiene and disease. HSP will use the same crew that built the school to install the latrines and will help them develop this into a sustainable business installing latrines at other schools in the Artibonite Valley.
- Reading Program–Stemming from active involvement by the HSP board of directors to partner with USAID and recent meeting at the US embassy in Haiti, the Villard School was accepted into the ToTAL (Tout Timoun Ap Li, or “All Children Reading”) program sponsored by USAID. (For more information, visit USAID NEWS. The reading program is focused on 1st through 3rd grades where reading is taught to the students in Haitian Creole and French. In addition the program will train teachers and will measure the success of the program by testing at the beginning and end of the school year. The Villard school will be part of this program starting in the fall for the 2014/15 school year. We are very excited for the school to have been accepted into this program as it is usually focused on larger organizations with multiple schools. The Villard School will also be part of USAID’s “Reading Fridays” program that teaches students how reading can be fun.
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Our continuing goal is to provide for the school’s future vitality and quality of education in Haiti.
The Haiti School Project is a federally recognized non-profit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization helping Haiti’s children supported entirely by volunteers.