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Educate a child

About the project

The project in rural Cabaret is the result of a community process that began 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 this year to expand educational and community development opportunities in the area.

How we help

Following a site visit in 2009 and consultations with the director, Mona Foundation adopted support of New Horizon School. Since then we’ve 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. 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 in the middle of its new 5-year plan to carry out thei next phase of development from 2016-2020, starting 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. New Horizon is planning to offer sewing and cooking courses to enable women to earn a living and gain financial independence.

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.   

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.

2017 Achievements

Serving 417 students from K-12, of whom 56% are girls.  99% graduation rate.  

While all teachers are certified, trained 40 teachers to reinforce continuing education.

Equipped and opened its computer lab for its students.  

Added a library with 1000 books for students and the community

Introduced Citizenship and Moral Education programs to encourage community sevice

Provide scholarship to 150 students at $50/mon.

Install solar panels to ensure reliable electricity for the computer lab

Build and equip both chemistry and physics labs

Purchase chairs and school equipment

Purchase and install kitchen and sewing equipment to provide life-skills to community women and girls. Cost $11K

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