HAITI DIVISION

Education is Key Program

 Sr. Marie Lourdes Jospeh, Director of Sainte Rose De Lima (Left) & Rachalie Barthelemy, President & Founder of KOTHI (Right)

Sr. Marie Lourdes Jospeh, Director of Sainte Rose De Lima (Left) & Rachalie Barthelemy, President & Founder of KOTHI (Right)

Our Education is Key Program provides opportunities for children in the town of Leogane (which is located in the southern part of Haiti) to obtain a high quality education. From donating essential supplies to paying for school tuition, this program strives to provide a safe, comfortable, sustainable and an enjoyable learning space for all students. 

                                                  A few classrooms located at Sainte Rose De Lima.

                                                 A few classrooms located at Sainte Rose De Lima.

  • Sainte Rose De Lima currently has over 700 students enrolled.
  • There are two sessions that get taught:
    • Morning Session: K-8th grade
    • Afternoon Session: Students of any age attend (From ages 5 to 40)
  • A little history: 
    • During the 2010 earthquake, Sainte Rose De Lima was completely destroyed. Thanks to the Spanish Red Cross and multiple partners, their campus was rebuilt with:
      • 16 classrooms
      • 1 science lab
      • 1 computer lab
      • An administrations area
      • A multi-purpose space with a kitchen area
      • A library
      • A teacher's residence

HOWEVER, Sainte Rose De Lima is still in need of a lot more!

In March of 2016, Sr. Marie Lourdes expressed to us how there is barely any funding available to:

  • Pay their teachers. (3 of which have not been paid since the beginning of the school year.)
  • Provide a wide range of healthy, nutritious meal for their students. (Currently the only source of protein they can provide their students is fish, which they more than often have everyday.)
  • Provide supplies for the classrooms and students, especially to those who are needier than others. (Only the Kindergartners gets supplies embedded as part of their tuition.)

Sr. Marie Lourdes also expressed how:

  •  A majority of the students have not been able to completely pay for their school tuition. (Converting to US currency, school tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $80.)
For $8 a month, you could pay the tuition of a student at Sainte Rose De Lima for an entire year.
 Here are the report cards of over 100 students from the morning session that have not been able to pay their school tuition. And as a result, they have been withheld from the students. 

Here are the report cards of over 100 students from the morning session that have not been able to pay their school tuition. And as a result, they have been withheld from the students. 

  • They are in need of an auditorium that can serve as a multi-purpose area to accommodate all of the students, parents and legal guardians when needed. (Since their isn't a large enough indoor area on the school campus to accommodate the parents for parent-teacher conference purposes, the teachers and staff have to organize meetings per class, which ultimately causes a personal strain for all involved.) 
                      This is the location where Sainte Rose would like a multi-purpose auditorium to be built.

                     This is the location where Sainte Rose would like a multi-purpose auditorium to be built.

  • They desperately want to set up a Tutoring or Extra Help Program after school for students who may be struggling with their work. (If a student does not understand the material taught in class, he or she is at risk for getting left behind and may possibly even get kicked out of school if he or she cannot pass his or her exam to move on.) The main professors cannot necessarily take the time to help each of their students because 1 professor has about 60 or so students to teach in their classrooms at Sainte Rose. And many of the students can't seek help at home for many reasons:
    • Their parents or guardians may not be available due to work or search for work
    • Their parents may not understand the material taught due to their lack of education or many years out of school
  • They want to set up an Extracurricular Program for their students. Sr. Marie Lourdes had expressed to us how their students love the arts, but unfortunately there is no place for the students to perform at school. However, with the multi-purpose auditorium built, this problem would be resolved.
  • There is no form of gym class available for her students, which Sr. Marie Lourdes would like to change with the introduction of different sports.  
  • Last, but no least, Sainte Rose is in need of at least two nurses to set up a school infirmary since there currently is none.  
                                                               Two students at Sainte Rose De Lima.

                                                              Two students at Sainte Rose De Lima.

Sainte Rose De Lima is relying on KOTHI to hear their side of the story, listen to their needs, and provide any aid and resources we can muster in order to ensure that their students get a high quality education. 

please help us meet our current goal of $2,000 so that we can accompany, serve, and sponsor a total of 40 students at Sainte rose de lima who would benefit so much!

The $2,000 will work towards:

  • $2,000 - Paying the tuition of students who are currently present in the school and cannot pay for their tuition

We will have many more campaigns in the future to work towards:

  • Paying the teachers (especially those that haven't been paid yet for this entire school year.) 
  • Hiring more teachers (including those for sports and dance activities).
  • Hiring tutors.
  • Hiring nurses and providing a healthcare option for the students and school staff. 
  • Expanding the lunch menu.
  • Buying more books for the students to read. 
  • Paying for the tuition of about 50-100 children who are not currently in school because they can not afford to pay for it. 
  • Buying supplies and uniform for the students we support.

                              You can DONATE right now by clicking the link provided below:                                                                                            (Click away!)

DONATE HERE

If you wish to sponsor a student at Sainte Rose De Lima, please visit our Sponsor a Child Page above. Thank you!