Spreading Light on Homework

Jane Dean, Elen Kentnor, Virginia Arndt and Butzi Moffitt
Jane Dean, Elen Kentnor, Virginia Arndt and Butzi Moffitt

Electricity in Haiti is a fragile and politicized commodity.  Jacmel used to have reliable electricity day and night but now  we are limited to no more than 4 hours a day. It comes on at 2  a.m.! Most schools don’t have electricity at all and businesses  must rely on generators during the day. Homes have little  light at night. That impacts education: it’s hard for children to  do their homework after sundown at 5:30 p.m.  Southport, CT  residents Virginia Arndt and Jane Dean have taken  creative steps to help 162 of HEI’s scholarship and after school students with this problem. Assisted by Elen Kentnor and Butzi Moffitt, they sponsored Spread the Light!, a scarf swop to raise funds for solar powered lights offered by Unite to Light at $8 a piece. The first 100 lights will be delivered in late May! There are so many obstacles to getting an education in Haiti, and we are very grateful to Ginny, Jane and their friends for making life easier for our students.

Nicholas Kristof: The Power of Hope

In today’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof cites studies that document the power of hope in lifting people out of extreme poverty. When poor people learn that their own actions can lead to improvements in their standard of living, their mental, physical and financial states measurably rise. The path to change can vary – raising chickens, going to school, starting a small business – but identifying the new path and understanding its potential impact is critical. That is what we are doing in Jacmel by educating children and providing job training. Already our 185 kids are using their new skills to improve their families’ living conditions and making plans to support themselves when they graduate from school. Thank you, everyone who contributes to this “graduation” from poverty in Haiti! You are giving hope and a hand up, not a handout – there’s a world of long-term difference! Click here to read the full article.



Clowning Around After School

CASED Clowning around after schoolOur courtyard rings with teasing and laughter after school and on weekends. For  many of our students, the day begins with a light breakfast of cornmeal or rice and  beans, then a long walk to class. After school, 100 CASED students walk to one of  our  two downtown locations, where they revive with a tasty snack and cold drink,  complete their homework under the supervision of our tutors, and engage in some    good fun. Songs, educational games, calisthenics and normal horseplay help work off steam before the walk home at dusk.

Thank you donors, volunteers and friends, for making it all possible!

Donate Now on #GivingTuesday!

Please give the gift of education to an impoverished child who could not attend without your help. Your contribution of $150 or more will provide everything a child needs to enroll in a local school: tuition fees, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, books and school supplies. Education is the most effective way to build a better Haiti. CLICK HERE  to make a donation. Thank you for your help!

Consider This on #GivingTuesday!

50% of Haitian children have no access to education. Only half the country’s adults can read.

Tuesday, December 1 is #GivingTuesday, the national day of philanthropy. We hope you will take this opportunity to give the gift of education to a Haitian child who could not attend without your help. Education is the best way to change the world for the better and we are starting on America’s doorstep. Your donation to HEI will provide scholarships, food, after-school tutoring and job training to severely impoverished kids in Jacmel. We currently serve 185 children. Won’t you help us transform their lives – and over time, their country? CLICK HERE to support a child today! Thank you.

Haiti’s Presidential Elections This Sunday

Presidential, legislative and local elections will take place this Sunday, October 25. The country desperately needs a strong leader with a majority in the legislature to bring about constructive changes. Click here fore details from The Economist.

Working Women in Haiti

Tensions with the Dominican Republic regarding the status of Haitian workers there affect the small traders called “Madam Saras” who cross the border to bring vital goods home to Haiti. This is the kind of small commercial enterprise that feeds families and pays school bills in our area. Its restriction imposes great hardship on the people who depend on this food and merchandise for their livelihoods.  Read about the Madam Saras here.

Fifth Anniversary Earthquake Interview with Gwen Edwards

Channel 12 host Gwen Edwards and HEI President Susan Whitcomb discuss HEI’s response to Haiti’s lack of access to education on Our Lives, which aired January 17-18, 2015.

Bloomberg Reports on Business in Haiti

Bloomberg New surveys the state of business in Haiti today. This program assesses what has been accomplished so fair and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs. Click here to see the full program.