Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Access to a good education is the foundation for giving children the ability to break the poverty cycle. This poverty cycle may have afflicted their family for generations. Without assistance to attend school most children are destined to live in the same poverty as their parents. This is why we chose education as the first major project for the Haiti Stole My Heart Foundation® to focus on.
Our aim is to provide 200 underprivileged children access to education – who otherwise would not have had this opportunity.
There will be 100 children selected from Gressier. This town is 12.5 miles west of Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince. It was one of the hardest hit areas of the 2010 earthquake - where it was estimated that around 50% of the buildings were destroyed.
Another 100 children will be selected from Port Salut. This town is a small coastal community on the south side of the island. As with many regional areas in Haiti, there is very limited access to education and health.
To facilitate this project, we will set up two offices in Haiti. One will be in Gressier and the other in Port Salut. From these offices we will visit underprivileged schools in the area and evaluate which students are in the greatest need. School fees will then be paid for the 200 children selected. We will also meet with the parents of the children selected.
It is anticipated that the school fees will be paid by 8 August 2020 for the start of the school year.