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Educate a child

About the project

In 1986 local parents appealed to the director of the French hospital in the area to help them start a school for their children. Over the next few years, despite many challenges, they established a kindergarten, an elementary school and a high school.

A vocational school was completed in 2017 to expand educational and community development opportunities in the area.

How we help

Since 2009 Mona Foundation has helped fund the building and equipping of a primary school, a high school and a vocational school. A computer lab and library have recently been opened. New solar panels have been installed, the only school which has them! A new basketball court, new laboratory and materials, and first white board installed which assisted children that were allergic to the chalk from blackboards. Additionally, a sustainable agriculture project to regenerate the land around the school, provide income for local residents and the school, and provide much needed products for Haiti was initiated with over 30,000 jatropha seedlings planted.

New Horizon has assured that their teachers are certified and has formed partnerships with other schools and organizations in Haiti to improve the quality of education. One such agreement is with Haiti Tec, a renowned vocational institute, to help develop curriculum for the vocational school and provide technical certification for New Horizon graduates which will improve their employability.

An Expanding Vision

New Horizon’s vision is to create an educational complex that serves the needs of their community and prepares youth to participate in the future development of Haiti. From 2010-2015 they built a primary school, high school classrooms and a vocational school. 

Originally, the vocational school was intended to teach culinary arts. The vision expanded to include courses for the hospitality industry as a whole, construction, computing, A/C and refrigeration and agriculture, all much needed skills in Haiti. New Horizon is well into its current 5-year plan to carry out thei next phase of development from 2016-2020. It started with computing and construction courses, and courses in a new trade added each year. This year they have also had enrollment increase to 450 students!

Training for Women

There is a critical need to provide professional training for women and girls. Currently there is no opportunity for such training in the area. When women cannot provide for themselves, they tend to have early relationships with men and unwanted pregnancies. Economic independence for women is crucial to break this cycle. 

Dedication to Quality

In Haiti, many teachers only have a few years of education beyond the grade they teach. At New Horizon, all teachers are certified including kindergarten staff. Many have completed a 3-year program at Ayiti Education, considered among the best teacher preparation programs in Haiti. Teachers at the secondary level have four years of university.  Teaching training, however, continues to be an important part of school agenda, and each year several sessions of teacher trainings are conducted to ensure a high quality of teaching and learning.   

Mindfulness of the Students

One English assignment asked the students to write about themselves and what they have learned recently. Below is an excerpt of a young boy named Jacque:

"Instead of talking about myself, I prefer to talk about something dear to my heart. Nowadays, all around the world, a lot of people are not conscious about the importance of being a positive role model for children.

Children are the future of our world and they are looking up to adults to learn their behavior.

They will reproduce the behaviors they see today. So, to work for a better future, adults should be loving to children, give them a good education, assistance when they need it and by being positive role models for them."

Service to the Community: Protecting the Environment

The 8th grade students worked with the children of a school in the village of Tianyenon environmental awareness.  As part of the Moral Education Course and the Citizenship Education Course, Grade 8 children decided to educate children in the village of Tianyenon about environmental protection. They prepared two posters on concrete actions that can be taken to make this protection effective and they organized a garbage collection activity for the school yard.  This visit was an extraordinary success and well-received by the administrators and teachers of the Bon Semeur school as well as by the school children.

The New Horizon high school students also organized a fair and exhibition of endangered species to raise awareness about the protection of natural habitat of the animals to protect endangered species from extinction.

2018 Achievements

Increase in students served to 452 from 417 in K-12, of whom 58% are girls. 99% graduation rate.

New solar panels installed, new basketball court completed, new laboratory and materials, and first white board installed which assisted children that were allergic to the chalk from blackboards.

10 students were trained as tutors of moral education.

Started an agricultural project on 2.5 hectares where parents will work 2 to 4 hours per day in place of paying school fees.

Provide scholarship to 150 students at $50/mon.

Install solar panels for faculty housing to be self-sufficient.

Expand and furnish the cafeteria to meet the demands for all students.

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