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Haitian Educational Initiatives

Donate Now to Send Kids to School

Now in our fourth year, HEI is supporting 110 scholarships for impoverished children who would otherwise have no access to education. We need $16,500 every year in order to register the kids in local schools, purchase their uniforms and shoes, and provide them with the backpacks, books and school supplies they need. This averages only $150 per child for a year of education.

You’ll Make a Big Difference

That year of schooling will hake a huge difference to the children's chances of survival and ability to support themselves. The nutrition they get will strengthen them again malnutrition and disease. Girls will delay pregnancy and be better mothers when they start their families.

We've Had Proven Success

In the three years we’ve been operating in Jacmel, 99% of our students have completed their school year and 86% have been promoted to the next grade. That’s an amazing accomplishment in a country where only half the children attend school and of those, most drop out by the 5th grade.

Don't Wait!

Please make your tax-deductible donation now. Many thanks from all the children, parents, and staff in Haiti!

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.