About the project
After the devastating earthquake of 2010 where 75% of schools in Haiti were destroyed, this small community school quadrupled in size, as children from other schools came, seeking a place to get an education. The teachers and administrators are locals with absolute commitment to the education of the children, earning only $50/month. Parents are also committed, and even though living in abject poverty, they send their children to learn how to build a better life for themselves, sometimes even without shoes.
The school has just two simple concrete structures and a temporary one constructed of woven palm leaves, and yet provides K-6 education for 232 students. It’s located in Guerot, a farming community where most residents work in the fields. Incomes fluctuate based on crop yields, so most parents struggle to pay the very small fee the school charges, about $1 a month. Some don’t pay at all. Georges Marcellus allows students to continue coming to school even if their families fail to pay the fees.
How we help
Georges Marcellus students are some of the poorest in Haiti and often have to face great challenges. The school prepares and encourages them to strive to better themselves and serve their community.
With a steel determination, the teachers and administrators of this school educate Haiti's most marginalized children. When promised funding from the government did not come for many months, the teachers agreed to reduce their individual salaries by 20% so that everyone could be paid.
The children from this rural region have experienced many difficulties and challenges in their lives. In addition to academics, the children enrolled in the moral and character development education program to learn the values that are foundational to their success. Students are taught about values such as honesty and trust, and how to work together and care for each other, how to solve problems through consultation vs. violence, and most importantly, how to give back and serve the needs of their communities.
The Haitian government has announced that in the near future, schools must provide classes through 9th grade or they will lose their authorization to operate. Georges Marcellus is already working on a 3-year plan to improve the facilities and academic instruction, upgrade teacher skills and develop the means to add middle school classes.
Served 182 students.
Provided a meal to 180 students one month / trimester.
Completed the building for the 6th grade class, improved vetilation in existing classrooms, and completed building the administrative office
Provided 4 teacher training sessions to all teachers.
2017 project goals
Provide scholarship to all 182 students at $78/year/student.
Build an enclosed small kitchen, cost $15,000.
Build 5 latrines and the septic tank, cost $21,000.
Provide one meal a day to the children with partial support from the local food organizations, $2,250.
Provide teacher training to improve qualtiy of education, $1,300.