Haiti School Support

$1,415 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 28 months
Kareen Delice-Kircher
for New Jersey-Haiti Partners of the Americas Inc
Would you think twice about dropping $20 on dinner? 

Can you believe that $20USD can send kids to school  for a whole year in a remote area of Jacmel, Haiti?

That's only $1.67 a month. While $20 can seem minute to you, it means a lot to the parents who are struggling to send their kids back to school on September 12, 2016.

Raising the Flag before the School Day Starts, 2013

My name is Kareen Kircher, and I have the privilege of appealing for your generous support. My family knows first-hand how even the smallest amount of education can open doors you could not dream of.

Where is the $7,000 going?
1. Paving the floor of the school will cost $800.
2. Salaries for 7 teachers are only $5,600. 
3. About $630 will be retained as fees by GoFundMe.

Established in 2010 with 40 students, United Brothers Modern School now serves 90 students.

This primary school succeeds, as it is the only one in the area that has always provided daily instruction, because it pays teachers on time, every time. 6 years of a Haitian school paying teachers on time is no small accomplishment.

Class is in Session

The school was founded by the community itself, without any money or help from outside sources, except for family and friends. This is how the shortfall in tuition has been filled in years past. 

Without the help of many people like you, this little school will remain little, and only the lucky few will manage to make something of themselves. 

A teacher with his Class

It doesn't take huge amounts of money to make a measurable difference, both in the short-term, and for the future.

In 2016, both the New Jersey and the Haiti chapters of Partners of the Americas decided to help me seek support for the school.

This includes more than money: the school provides reports on a monthly basis; the Haiti chapter provides advice, oversight, and members visit the school in person. 

Parents struggle to pay, but they make it happen, and they also meet regularly with teachers.

School Director & Teachers at 2015 Graduation

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Haitian Ministry of Education requires the school to have 7 teachers. Imagine: $5,600 to pay a total of 7 teachers for a whole school year.

The school needs $800 to cover paving costs. As you can see, the building is far from finished. The slightest wind is able to create a dust storm inside the building.

This is why every contribution is significant.

Although I am personally beginning this campaign, GoFundMe will send funds directly to New Jersey-Haiti Partners. a certified charity in GoFundMe's database.

NJHP has a 40-year history of helping students and professionals expand their cultural, educational,  and professional networks. 

NJHP event in Haiti in July 2016

All amounts over and above the goal will be used for economic development in the area. For example, after purchasing the wood, local carpenters are hired to build out the school benches, and to do repair work.

Twice a year, a small party is held to celebrate the kids' accomplishments. It also encourages the parents to keep their kids in school, instead of letting them start working prematurely.

Food for these get-togethers is bought from local farmers, thereby strengthening the area's economic viability.

End of School Year Party, June 2016

Please consider one of the contribution levels. Feel free to donate any other amount that's on your heart.

On behalf of the school, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity!

All donors (as long as they are not anonymous) will be added to a thank you book in order to commemorate their generosity. These kids will know your names, as the people who made a difference for them.
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Hello all,

This is year 7 of the school being in operation, and we thank you for your past support. Due to the growing number of students, we need to hire one more teacher.

In this season of giving, please consider donating as often as you are able to do so. Thank you for your generosity!
Students and their workbooks
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These are some of the 71 students who showed up to school today. Do you see the pride they take in showing up for school, and doing so in uniform?

Thanks to you, they are attending class without dust. We still need your help to close the gap, to ensure that teachers are paid on time at the end of this month.

Thank you to Mercia Joseph and Helen Kircher and for being among the latest folks to donate to this campaign.

Did you know that you can donate offline? Whether by cash or check, NJ-Haiti Partners will acknowledge your offline donation with a receipt.
Students Lining up @ Start of School Day
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Thanks to YOU, the dust is history!!! Students will no longer breathe in dust, literally every time the wind blows. Over the past week, up to 25 people per day have come together to buy the cement, bring water, and otherwise do their part.

They saddled up early before the sun got too hot, and went to purchase and load up the cement bags and other materials.

A lot of people didn't want to be photographed, while they looked hot and sweaty. Some people who showed up, did so anonymously. They dropped off water, some vegetables, or whatever modest contribution they could bring, and then left.

Next up - we need your help to build up a fund to continue paying these hard-working teachers on time. Brain drain is real - when people don't find employment where they live, they go to greener pastures.

Your support is literally creating an economy, and using the older generation to educate the younger ones.

Please donate and support the salary of one teacher for one month ($80) or for the whole school year ($800). Team up with your friends, and donate together.

Again, thank you for your generosity so far!
You made the dust...history!
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Big news! Today, we crossed the $1,000 mark! Let's keep up the good work.

Thanks to all who have contributed or shared this fundraiser on their timeline.

School opens next week, and as you can see, some supplies have been purchased already.

Teachers send their thanks for your ongoing generosity.
School Supplies
Grade Book
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$1,415 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 28 months
Created August 25, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
New Jersey-Haiti Partners of the Americas Inc
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Hightstown, NJ
EIN: 223399699
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