Posted on December 14, 2016The 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 conditions
with 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