High quality education during childhood and adolescence is one of the most important factors for a stable adulthood. Knowing how to read, write, and do arithmetic can be difference between an impoverished life and a thriving one. In Haiti, just 60 percent of people age 15 and over can read and write,¹ meaning almost half of the population lacks access to skilled employment.
That’s why South Florida Haiti Project has made a strong commitment to education in Bondeau. Together with our partners, we sponsor teacher salaries, teacher training, and operation expenses at Bon Samaritan Episcopal School, which helps keep tuition low for the area’s impoverished families. About 325 children in pre-K through grade 11 rely on this school for the education that will help provide them with a bright future.
South Florida Haiti Project also launched a music education program in 2015 by providing ongoing annual support for a music director’s salary and donating instruments to get the program started. We are proud to be fostering the arts in Bondeau and opening up the world of music to hundreds of children!