Haiti: Hands On | Providing Quality Education in Rural Haiti

For: Haiti: Hands On
Fond-Verrettes, Ouest Department, Haiti
Organizer: Tasneem Zarroug & Lamia Makkar
Haiti: Hands On | Providing Quality Education in Rural Haiti (Haiti: Hands On)
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 36 donors
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The Story

Haiti: Hands On (est. 2012) is a student-run non-profit organisation started by UAE high schoolers aimed at sustainable youth-empowered and community-led development projects in Haiti.

Currently working in the Terre Froide community in Fonds-Verrettes Haiti, we have been focused on the construction, development and maintenance of a community-owned primary school, Terre Froide Community School, in light of our strong belief in the essentiality of quality education to achieve personal and regional development.

The following break down may help contextualise the impact of your contributions to the Terre Froide Community School -

-          $10 | Activist
.          Contribute to painting the school's walls
-          $30 | Supporter 
.          Buy one desk/bench for two students (60 needed total!)
-          $100 | Community Builder 
.          Pay for one month of food for all students
-          $150 | Change Maker 
.          Finance a teacher’s salary for one month
.          You will be included in our weekly recognition of donors on our Facebook page
-          $500 | Game Changer   
.          Significant contribution to latrine construction
.          An honourable mention for your contribution will be included in our quarterly
as well as being recognised on our Facebook page 


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016

The Solution | Make an Impact for Education in Rural Haiti! 

Haiti: Hands On, having completed construction of the Terre Froide Community School's main building, is now preparing for its scheduled opening in September 2017, which includes reaching our budget goal for its launch. 

Here's where you come in! Donating to our cause translates to...
A donation of:
  • $10 - contribute to painting the school's walls
  • $30 - buy one desk/bench for two students (60 needed total!) 
  • $100 - pay for one month of food for all students
  • $150 - finance a teacher for one month
  • $500 - significant contribution to latrine construction
Help us write the Terre Froide Community School's next chapter and provide quality education for over 200 students in rural Haiti!
Every contribution, no matter its size truly does go a long way; after all, as our slogan states men anpil chay pa lou (many hands makes the load lighter)!  

Posted on December 14, 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016

The Problem | Inadequate Access to Education in Terre Froide

► Terre Froide, Fonds-Verrettes, Haiti 

Terre Froide, a small agrarian community on Haiti's western border, is home to nearly 800 people, the majority of which are under the age of 25. With family incomes from farming and herding made volatile by long drought spells, most in Terre Froide struggle to consistently afford basic necessities, leaving education as an unattainable privilege to most. Those that can afford to send their kids to school tend not to do so until the child is deemed old enough to make the 2-hour walk (one way) or ride on the back of a motorcycle to the nearest school, creating a huge educational age gap as many start school up to 5 years late. Others are sent to live in often substandard conditionswith relatives in the city to attend school, causing regional brain drain.

These conditions leave Terre Froide in a stagnant state of underdevelopment

► Haiti: Hands On's Involvement

In June 2015, Haiti: Hands On launched the Terre Froide Community School project, the first school in Terre Froide and only community-owned school in the region. The project consists of a main school building with 4 classrooms and director's office, toilets and a cafeteria space to follow.

The school focuses on the lower levels of the educational system as there is a necessity to provide those who do not have the means to travel elsewhere for school with the opportunity to start their education on time. This ensures that individuals’ educational progress is not hindered by starting school late.

We aim to provide quality, all-inclusive educational opportunities to over 200 students in Terre Froide

The construction of the main building was complete earlier this year (2016), leaving latrines, furniture, hiring teacher directors and more before the school's scheduled opening in September 2017!

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