Saturday, August 25, 2012

Adult Literacy Class Update

I just returned from a trip to Haiti to check on the adult literacy classes we began in June. I was so completely inspired by how hard those adults are working to learn to read and write. It is excruciating to see how slowly they learn and to watch how difficult it is to even form basic letters, but they try so hard that it is so incredibly inspiring to see them read and write simple words. The students in the first class have learned 7 consonants and 4 vowels, and add another letter each week. When I visited the class, the students so proudly showed me their homework and the hard work they've been doing. A teenage student even wrote me a letter, and although it didn't make sense, it was full of "words".
Evangeline, the school director and initial teacher

our literacy text books with health lessons
The students follow a literacy program created by a Haitian organization and they learn in their mother tongue, Kreyol, a French-based creole that is heavy on French vocabulary and infused with words from African languages. Kreyol grammar is distinct from French and has strong influences from Africa. The literacy text book includes illustrated sanitation and health lessons such as hand washing, breastfeeding, purifying water, and preventing diarrhea.  

Thank you to those of you who sponsor a student and pay for their class. I have a photo and note for each sponsor with a sample of their student's work.
Would you like to sponsor a Haitian adult to learn to read and write? It costs $70 for the 7 months of instruction, books, and supplies. If interested, you can make a tax deductible donation through this link. Thank you!

Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac just passed over Haiti, and thankfully, damages were not as catastrophic as during previous hurricanes. Unfortunately, the hurricane destroyed a roof on one of the buildings of our school (Gentille Hirondelle elementary school). We are currently seeking donations to help repair the roof. It is too early to get a quote for work, but I estimate repairs will cost about $2,000. Please use the link below to donate to the roof repair fund or to any of our other projects.

Throughout Haiti, electricity is out at 30 out of 32 generating stations around the country, several thousand homes were destroyed, many crops were ruined, and numerous internally displaced persons (IDPs) still living in tents after the earthquake were once again made homeless. This sounds bad, but things could be worse, and I am thankful that few lives were lost.

Thank you for keeping Haiti in your thoughts and prayers!
Damage to the school roof