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Our mission is to provide much-needed human and material resources to improve the quality of life for our Haitian brothers and sisters
A quality education for all Haitians has the greatest chance of impacting job creation, infrastructure development, and community building. It is the key to preparing the Haitian people with the skills they need to fully participate in a global economy. We believe in life-long learning and that adults also need opportunities for job retraining and professional development. Thus, included in our mission is the commitment to organize delegations of skilled and professional people who will impart their knowledge of best practices and support a community project or a developing local industry.
Half of all children in Haiti are not enrolled in school because their parents cannot afford to pay for them to go. Nearly 80% of all schools in Haiti are private. Though there is an option to attend one of the few state schools, parents still must pay for tuition, uniforms, books and supplies. In addition, transportation and a morning or mid-day meal also adds to the cost. The combined gross enrollment for primary, secondary, and tertiary school is 27% (United Nations International Human Development Indicators for 2011). The difficulties of attaining a basic education explains the 48.7% adult literacy rate (15 years of age and older). Unfortunately, it also explains why Haitian children on the average do not complete more than 7.6 years of schooling.
Haiti Rebuild has initiated a scholarship program that pays for tuition, books/supplies, and uniforms for children who are the most needy. For two years we have sponsored three children - My Love (4 years old), Jean Yves (5 years old), and Albert (8 years old) - siblings who live in a distressed household where the mother and father are often absent and where food and clean water are not guaranteed. Your donations to HRI can be earmarked to help more children like My Love and her brothers so that they will have a future that assures them greater job opportunities.
Haiti Rebuild’s operational framework is based on the formation of partnerships with other organizations, groups, and individual volunteers. In a spirit of collaboration, many of Haiti’s challenges can be successfully addressed. Haiti Rebuild has specifically targeted education, economic development, and community building as the focus of our work.
- Mahelate Tesfaye
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