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Who Are We
Years of Service
Through education, Haiti Now has been improving the lives of impoverished children in Haiti since 2010. We have partnered with community schools to provide a Book Bank, which has distributed thousands of textbooks predominantly to children in servitude. The Book Bank also provides literacy interventions, teacher training, tuition, housing, healthcare, and food. Since we mostly work with Restavek children, we have come to a greater understanding of their trauma over the years. They are barraged from all sides of life with little support. Most Restavek advocacy organizations focus on awareness, working with host families, encouraging education, and other short-term solutions. We aim to offer a long-term solution to help Restavek children recover and thrive in their adult lives. It is with this goal in mind that we developed a model of a new kind of Residential School.
What We Have Done
Haiti Now established the Book Bank program in 2010. This program has distributed over 7000 textbooks to more than 1300 students.
Students Received School Supplies
Over 1300 students received writing utensils, notebooks, math sets, and other classroom supplies.
Students Participated the Literacy Circle
The Literacy Circle was created to inspire a love of reading in students. Haitian teachers deploy research-proven strategies that improve reading skills, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Students Received Immunization
Over 100 students received all the immunizations required by the Haitian Ministry of Health.
Haiti Now has screened over 60 children with unknown or incomplete medical records. This starts with a complete history by cataloging past procedures and medications. Then, a physical exam; TB, HIV, malaria, and syphilis screenings; a chest x-ray, and various mental health screenings are administered.
Students Received Tuition
Sixty-four students had their tuition paid for grades seven through nine.
Cash Bonuses For Teachers
Eight teachers received thirty-two cash bonuses. Community schools have low revenues and are often unable to pay adequate teachers' salaries. We provided bonuses directly to teachers to subsidize their salaries.
Professionally Trained Teachers
We funded training for eight elementary school teachers. This included teaching techniques, pedagogy, cognitive skills, didactic instruction, professional ethics, school-term planning, curriculum use, classroom management, testing, and French. For further study, we also supplied them with laptops containing digital French and Creole educational content.
Students Received Support for 1 Year of Housing
We funded eleven students with one year of rented housing. We have also offered support to the families of Restaveks, school cafeterias, and internally displaced people (IDPs).
Reason to Keeping Fighting;
Education Is a Human Right!
Haiti Now has always advocated for children in servitude with the police, judges, prosecutors, senators, religious leaders, other non-profits, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Data In Real-Time
We started to collect data in 2010. Originally, we were tracking only the textbook distributions and matching textbooks with students’ profiles. Later, we added a grade book, recipients’ academic performance, a mobile app to log attendance, curriculum progression, grading rubrics, notes, and observations. All of the charts below update in real-time as new data is entered into the system or the app.