Educational Projects

The Lamp believes education is vital to ensuring a brighter future.

As a community-based organization, the Lamp values strong collaboration with the schools in the area. School owners and principals are highly respected community leaders. Education is hugely valued by all for its potential to provide the younger generation with a better life. Schools provide a tremendous opportunity for the Lamp to engage with families in their day-to- day life, to preach the value of a strong health education curriculum, and to directly impact the economic power of the residents.

The Lamp education program includes sponsorship of individual children, and assistance to the schools themselves.

By way of background, Haiti does not have publically funded education. Thus, education in Haiti is neither free nor mandatory. Many families lack the funds to send their child to school at all, or consistently.

Educational Sponsorships

To help children reach their full potential, the Lamp currently sponsors more than 30 children in the local schools and we hope to continue to grow this program. The school sponsorship program covers tuition fees, uniforms, textbooks, materials and tutoring. Donors receive a photo of each sponsored child and reports on their progress twice during the school year. The cost per year, per child is $380. Are you interested in sponsoring a child? Contact Cheryl Marshall-Petricoff at cheryl@lampforhaiti.org to get involved with this wonderful gift of education.

Direct Assistance to Schools

The Lamp has initiated a committee of school leaders to assist them in improving their schools in areas that they prioritize. In 2017, we launched a teacher training program with the first 16 teachers receiving a week long training course. We hope to be able to provide a similar teacher training workshop (with a larger group of teachers) every six months.

The Lamp works directly with schools to improve their health education curriculum, and Lamp staff provides special health education sessions at each local school in the first month of the new school year. We often conduct assessments of school children to identify and treat malnutrition – through our child nutrition program – and we will continue to do so.

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