According to the United Nations Development Programme, “Access to quality education remains key to Haiti’s social and economic development. . . Statistics show that generations of Haitian youth are at risk for not having the necessary knowledge and basic skills to succeed in the labor force and contribute to the continued development of this country.”
Residents of Timo, Haiti, young and old alike, yearn for an opportunity to improve their lives through education. However, the majority of individuals in this community receive an average of 3 to 4 years total of schooling in their lifetimes and 80% of current students are impoverished and financially unstable. The current facility available for use by 120 school-age children, preschool through 9th grade, is only a makeshift building with inadequate facilities. There is no electricity, windows for ventilation, proper furnishings and supplies, indoor restroom facilities, or space for the 100 additional children in the surrounding communities that have to walk a minimum of 45 minutes to attend school in Tom Gato. The facility is also shared with the local Baptist congregation, and classes are cancelled an average of 14 times each year due to scheduling conflicts.
At this time, HHI is committed once again to improving the lives of the residents of the rural community of Timo, Haiti, by raising funds to construct an adequate and self-sustainable schoolhouse. We at HHI are confident that building this schoolhouse will provide this generation of Haitians with an improved quality of education and will prepare them to contribute to the development of their beautiful country.
A plot of land is already available for the facility, and residents of Timo will contribute money, time, and labor to construct the schoolhouse; however, their resources are limited.
Therefore, HHI will be holding its first annual fundraising gala on November 7th, 2015, in order to raise the much-needed funds. We invite you to partner with us in this opportunity to empower the people of Timo, Haiti, by donating to the construction of the schoolhouse. Every penny of your donation will bring us closer to the $125,000 needed to construct this school.
We appreciate your time, and please know that any effort or funds donated to this cause will go directly to cover the cost of constructing this schoolhouse in Timo, Haiti. At HHI, we do not believe in giving handouts but in providing education opportunities that will allow Haitians to gain the experience and knowledge they need to rise above their circumstances and to better provide for themselves and for future generations.