120 Adults Can Now Read and Write
Following the graduation of the very first class of students from the 3 year Alpha Adult Literacy Program last August (2017), we are once again thrilled to report a very successful scholastic year. In 2017-2018 a total of 120 adults (112 women and 8 men) participated in Alpha Literacy Classes in Haiti. 98% of these students successfully passed their final exams in June 2018!
“When I was little, my parents had no possibility of sending me to school. Ms. Elida Jeanty saw me in a service of worship at the church and told me good news which was to participate in a literacy centre… Thanks to the manager, thanks to Rayjon Share Care, I thank God who sends us this Alpha Program to bring us out of the darkness and let us see the light.,.On this great day, I know how to write my name.” – Luverlande Joseph
In September of 2018, we plan to offer Level IV Alpha Literacy training, designed to be a KEY point of social transformation.
In Level IV beneficiaries will learn leadership and introductory business skills, focus on collective action and develop knowledge that will enable them to generate more profit and take action as capable leaders in their community.
Students continue to join together to sing a powerful song about never writing an “X” again.
“How horrible, how insulting, Oh so afraid to sign my name that I must make an X,
Ticking this little X like this one is not right,
This little X, I should not do it again
This year, I decide that I must know how to read and I must know how to write
Come, draw your pencil mark and mark…”
You can listen to the students sing their song here.
Thanks to a generous donor in Canada, a second class will begin in 2017.
Pinson Elementary School
In 2017-2018, 161 students were enrolled in Grades K-8 at the Pinson schools. This is the first year Grade 8 (which is the second level of high school in Haiti) has been offered. Demonstrating Rayjon’s commitment to empowering women and girls, 53% of these students were girls- a major victory for gender equality in Haiti.
The Rotary project, a new grant sponsored by Rotary International (with support from clubs in Sarnia and Southwestern Ontario) is well underway! New textbooks are being purchased, teachers will receive additional training, and community gardens will be planted soon. The canteen program has been providing a hot meal twice a week, ensuring that hungry bellies are not a barrier to learning. A professional agronomist is assisting with teaching families about sustainable agriculture, which will become a permanent part of curriculum at the school. Stay tuned for updates!
Construction continues on new classrooms (in partnership with Hope for Haiti, St. Mary’s, Ontario). Transporting supplies to the site has been incredibly difficult and has required the full support of the community (including their donkeys!). Two collapsed bridges halted transport for many months, but the “road” has reopened and materials are moving again.
In the spring of 2018 Rayjon supported the installation of new solar panels at the school,which are powering lights as well as providing the teachers (who live on site during the week) with a way of charging their cell phones and communicating with their families in the city.
Urban Education Program
112 students received tuition support and assistance with school supplies in Cap Haitian during the 2016-2017 school year.
Thank you to the Sisters of St. Josephs of Toronto, Ontario and to the many generous private donors who continue to make this program possible. So many of these children would not otherwise be able to attend school. Now, their futures are looking brighter!
We are awaiting results of final exams.