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School Project

Current projects now in the works.

Guilleme I is one of the poorest regions of Haiti. It is located in the Torbeck section of Les Cayes, one of the most populated regions of the island. Guilleme’s population is estimated at about 15,000 people. Most of these people live without a pay check. As a result of dire poverty, local parents usually give their children away for domesticity elsewhere. Those children are known as Restavèk, a Haitian Creole term roughly translated as “Live With”. The inhabitants of Guilleme do not have access to education; neither can most of them afford a daily meal for their family. 20 % of these people die yearly due to malnutrition, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases.

Following an assessment, by our staff, of the multiple problems that this community faces, we started to build an elementary school designed to provide basic education for about 500 children. Construction on the building has not yet completed due to scarce resources, nevertheless, with the commitment of our local staff and residents wanting to educate their children, the school is up and running. We have made considerable progress in our efforts to help our fellow human beings, but in order to reach our goals, we need your help. These children need to be educated, and we greatly depend on your generous contributions in order for us to provide them with that education. 

As the Chinese proverb has it, “If you are planning for one year, sow rice; if you are planning for ten years, plant trees; and if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR?

One might ask, “Why these children? Why now?” But one might also ask, “If not them, then who? If not now, then when?

LAM believes that delivering education for all is highly achievable and brings other poverty dividends such as reducing HIV deaths by seven million and doubling child survival by 50% if mothers are educated. Literacy is a basic human right. Over 50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school. One-third of girls over six never attend school and more than 50% of children attending school are overaged.

Half of the children under 5 are malnourished and over 7% of children die at birth. For every 100,000 births, 523 women die in Haiti, compared to eight maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in Europe and 80 out of 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.

Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade and 60% will abandon school before the sixth grade. Less than 40% of non-public schools are accredited. Only 15% of teachers at the primary level have basic teacher qualifications (including university degrees), and nearly 25% have never even attended secondary school. Approximately 75% of all teachers lack adequate training; many have just a 9th grade or 12th grade education, with no teacher training at all. Less than 20% of schools have electricity; 39% have potable water; 15% have a library. Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs and life expectancy is 61 years.

Education, a basic factor in the development of a human being, is a link

in the chain of a life: it empowers, improves health, reduces hunger, fights

diseases/poverty, spurs economic growth and builds peace.

School Budget

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