In addition to providing children in Haiti with backpacks and school supplies, we would also like to to implement a Community Outreach program for children in Port au Prince. A “test run” was done in September of 2013. We brought the The Rainbow Fish to children in two orphanages in PaP that we worked with in May. Thanks to a generous donation from one of the friends of Be The Hope: Haiti, we were inspired to do a story time/arts & crafts project with the children.
The book, which is in both English and French, was read by an awesome volunteer (Thanks again Brian!). The children were completely engaged with the story. After the story, each child was given the opportunity to make their own Rainbow Fish using a fish template on card stock, tissue paper and special sparkly paper “scales”, glitter glue and markers. The children had a wonderful time and were very creative! We hope to bring more of these projects to children, especially from Cite Soleil, in the coming months.
If you would like to help support these programs, you may do so in the following ways:
My friend recently received these pictures of the school that we are helping in September. Not only is the tent that the school is held in in really bad shape, but the school benches have been stolen! Fortunately, the government changed the start date of school from September 2 to October 1, so there is a little more time to sort this out. However, we leave for Haiti on Monday, Sept. 2.
We can purchase new school benches for $10.00 a piece. We will have to figure out a way to secure them while we are there, but we’d like to try to raise some money before Monday to purchase the benches.
With less than 3 weeks to go, here is a little pictorial update on the progress being made. Thanks to incredible and generous donations of many people this little dream is going to be a reality! I am confident that not only will 120 very deserving Haitian children start the new school year off right with new backpacks and school supplies, but the school will also be set with art and craft supplies for a year of creative fun! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for your continued support!
Additionally, the dream of starting a little library in the school is coming to fruition. We have a growing collection of children’s books in French to bring to the school in addition to the backpacks, school supplies and craft supplies. Books in Haitian Creole and French are greatly appreciated. There is a good selection picked out on the Be The Hope Amazon Wish List. Most of the items on the Wish List include free shipping on orders over $25.00 and they are shipped directly to us! http://amzn.com/w/FU237H4GPEN3
The average family in the US spends $689.00 a year on back to school shopping. 78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day). Please help us help children in Haiti have the necessary school supplies to start the new school year off right.
Ballpoint pens (black or blue)
Crayons (24 count pack)
Ways you can help:
Pick up some extra supplies while doing your own back to school shopping.
Make a donation to our PayPal account and we’ll do the shopping.
Host a back to school drive at your church, workplace, child’s school, etc.
Ecole Fessart is located in the mountains high above Petionville. It is an extremely poor area and it’s up a very steep mountain, which makes it difficult to reach. There are approximately 120 children attending the school. They currently have no permanent building. Classes are held in a tent that does not protect the interior from the elements. There are bare dirt floors and the school benches rot very easily from the rain and constant moisture. However, the children attend school even under these conditions. The head of the school is a lovely 29 year old man working in very difficult circumstances, but he is committed to the school and the children. There are a total of 6 teachers that are very rarely paid as there are no funds to do so. Through my friend Sarah’s amazing work, the school is provided with food once a month via a sponsor that she secured. This ensures that the children have at least one meal per day during the school week.
Our immediate goal is to bring backpacks and school supplies for all of the 120 children to be delivered at the start of the new school year in September. Additionally, since the school has nothing, we would also like to bring any other classroom supplies (i.e. chalk, chalkboard erasers, art and craft supplies, etc.) that we know will go to good use.
Our goal is to provide the following wish list items to each child:
1 – backpack
1 – hand pencil sharpener
1 – 24 pack of crayons
2 – 100 count Composition Notebooks
1 – pencil case
1 – eraser or pencil top erasers
5 – ballpoint pens (blue or black)
6 – number 2 pencils
1 – 12″ ruler
We are confident that we can achieve this goal, but we will need assistance. Here are some ways that you can help us reach our goal:
Attention all sewers! We are looking for people that love to sew to make pillowcase dresses for us to take to Haiti. This project is perfect for churches, sewing organizations, Girl Scout Troops or any individual with a passion for sewing and helping girls in need.
There are many easy to sew pillowcase dress patterns and tutorials available on the web and you’re free to use whichever one you like. We have been told that this pattern from LBG Studio is a very easy one to follow and works well.
This will be an ongoing project for Be The Hope and we will be collecting dresses year round. If you are interested in donating pillowcase dresses you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail completed dresses to:
Be The Hope
c/o Heather Hinze
9767 N. Baylor Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Also, we would love to feature your work on our blog and/or Facebook page! Email us pictures of your group, dresses, drive, progress and we will post them with your permission.