“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”
Hope for Haitians: School Involvement
Education is a long term endeavour. Working with Hope for Haitians provides an opportunity for school age children to make a difference in the world right now! Support today meets the needs of the poor today, not at some point after graduation. The poor in Haiti, especially those we serve, are among the most destitute and impoverished people in the world.
Each of the following fundraising ideas teaches students about using our resources to care for the world through serving others. It also allows students to be involved in something bigger than themselves.
Setting school and classroom goals is critical to get students interested and focused on their project. Use one of the ideas below or be creative and design a unique program for your school.
Start a Club:
Students can join their talents and time in a Hope for Haitians Club to raise funds that will be used to build a house.
The Dime Drive:
Dress Down Days:
Tree of Hope:
Jar of Hope:
Adopt a Child:
An entire school, a classroom, or a family can sponsor a Haitian student for just $150 a year. This donation covers tuition, supplies, uniforms, a daily balanced meal, transportation, and the opportunity for a future that very few in the country receive.
Build a Village One Piece at a Time:
- 39% of the adult population is illiterate.
- Over 50% of Haiti’s population is school age.
- More than one quarter million primary school aged children have no access to education.
- Many children cannot afford the costs of education in Haiti because the average family makes less than $1 per day.
- Haitian government does not provide adequate funding for public schools.
- Most families cannot afford private education, which can be as little as $150 per year.
- One in eight children die before the age of five because of malnutrition.
- 30% of students pass the national high school exam.
- The unemployment rate in Haiti is over 65%.
- Only 1% of Haitians continue to pursue higher education.
- The average 25-year-old Haitian has less than 5 years of education.
- Half of public sector teachers in Haiti lack basic qualifications and almost 80 percent of teachers have not received any pre-service training.
- 75 percent of children at the end of first grade and nearly half of students finishing second grade cannot read a single word.
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