The schools on Pwoje Espwa’s campus wrapped up a challenging week of exams. Students missed several days of valuable class time due to school closures during the country-wide shutdown during last month’s protests, as well as for the national holiday this week.
While most kids may have dragged their feet at the news of school reopening, our students were anxious to get back to classes and were excited to take their exams. Completing their education on time is regarded as one of the most important things they can accomplish to be successful in life.
In Haiti, an education is far from guaranteed for a child. While public schools are technically free, there are still several factors that keep children out of school – expensive uniform and supply requirements, long walking distances, the need for support at home. For those students who can afford to attend, classrooms are often overcrowded and underfunded.
While the students at Pwoje Espwa are all aware of the probability of more protests, they are appreciative of every opportunity they have to complete a day of school, and ultimately finish another school year and advance to the next grade.
Being able to provide the opportunity to so many community children along with our residential children is our most highly valued service…and a critical piece in helping the future of Haiti’s economy.