What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than flying kites?
Holy Week is upon us, and the children at Pwoje Espwa have the week off from school to allow children, staff, and families time to reflect and celebrate the coming of Easter.
Staff have been facilitating activities for the children in their break from the classroom. Yesterday they spent some time together making their own kites and watching them soar.
We are lucky to have a caring staff surrounding the children and lifting them higher!
It is often said that to know another language is to hold the key to wisdom and the world.
Students in the Secondary school at Pwoje Espwa have the opportunity to expand their minds and future job opportunities through language classes. Our curriculum offers instruction in four different languages: Spanish, English, French and Haitian Creole.
To offer more opportunities of learning a language in our after-school program, staff members who specialize in certain language offer tutoring and extra classes in English.
Expanding language develops stronger minds.
Compared to other Latin American and Caribbean developing countries, Haiti has a very low literacy rate. About 61% of Haiti’s population is literate, compared to the 92% average for Latin American and Caribbean countries (CIA Factbook 2015).
Formally learning a language in school is critical for cognitive development in children. It is shown that people who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask and better listening skills. Not only is learning languages opening cross-cultural communication for students, but it develops stronger minds!
By teaching students multiple languages, we encourage critical thinking and developmental growth, and hope to give them the key to active, valuable participation in the wider job market.
Your support is needed to continue our education and after-school programs!
Education will be the key to these children’s success.
Thank you to all of our donors who are helping us harness the power of the sun and getting our Solar Project off the ground!
A special thank you to Four Peaks Rotary Club in Fountain Hills, AZ for their donation towards our Solar Project! Representatives from Free the Kids, Executive Director Frank Irr and Board Member Jack Reynolds, attended a meeting this week to accept a check presented by Four Peaks Rotary Club President Scott Schlossberg. We are grateful for donors who value the importance and power of this project for Pwoje Espwa and the future of the children.
Through a four-phase process, we will be installing a complete solar system as Pwoje Espwa’s primary source of power, allowing campus to become energy independent and reduce our reliance on diesel operated generators.
Pwoje Espwa depends on access to electricity for several operational functions, including:
- Pumping water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and toilet facilities.
- Powering lights around campus that allow security staff to keep a watchful eye throughout the night.
- Running communication and administrative operations among staff members in Haiti and the United States.
By converting to a primarily solar source of power, we would not only have a more reliable source of power due to Haiti’s geographic location and consistent sun, but we would be saving on the cost of operating our generators every month.
We are still seeking funding to complete our transition to an energy-independent campus!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
-The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
In preparation for May 1st, Labor and Agriculture Day, the kids began planting trees – “pyebwa” in Haitian Creole – around campus last Friday!
Throughout the month of April, the kids at Pwoje Espwa will be learning to care for the environment and the importance of agriculture through various other activities across campus. Community school children are invited to participate so all can learn about the significance and broader influence of caring “a whole awful lot”!
Assisting with these activities alongside other PES staff members is Romain Fanfan (pictured on the left wearing a hat). Romain started working for Espwa prior to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and has been an instrumental hand in the replanting of trees and other plants throughout campus over the last 2 years.
Romain lives in the local community and is a strong advocate for families in desperate need. When he is not working at Pwoje Espwa, he helps a local community church maintain an after-school program for community children that assists them with their education. Pwoje Espwa supports this mission with food so that students who attend other schools without a lunch program will have at least one hot meal that day.
In a country that has suffered from mass deforestation and whose economy is carried predominantly by farmers, teaching children about the benefits of planting even a single tree is a lesson that will influences future generations and the healthy future of the earth.