Schools Program Quarterly Report

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In our ongoing effort to increase accountability in our work, this month we will begin posting quarterly reports for our Schools program on our website. Though this will be more information than many require – this level of information is typically only requested by foundations and major givers – we want to be sure that those who seek a deep and detailed understanding of our work can find it.

Click here to read the Schools program quarterly report.

Thank you for your interest and we hope you enjoy the reports!

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Join us for our first 5k!

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Thank you for your interest in the first ever Haiti Partners 5K! All proceeds from this race benefit the mission work of Haiti Partners, namely to help Haitians change Haiti through education.

You can join in wherever you live!

If you live in the Vero Beach, FL vicinity come out and run the race! Here are the details:

Date and Time: November 8, 2014 – 7:30am 
(checkin and day-of registration begins at 6:30am)

Location: South Beach Park, at end of East Causeway (17th Street Bridge), east of SR A1A intersection

Register online: https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=10433

OR

Register in person: Print off this form and return it to:
Vero Beach Runners Depot, 436 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
(you can also pick up the form at Runners Depot)

Did we mention there will be prizes and all participants in the Vero Beach race receive an official race t-shirt?!

 

If you live elsewhere you can still participate and run with us! Wherever you live, simply start your 5K run at 7:30am on November 8. Our colleagues and friends in Haiti will be doing the same. This way countless people around the world will simultaneously be running to support education in Haiti!

To help fuel your run at home consider raising funds and awareness for Haiti Partners. You can join our Crowdrise campaign here: https://www.crowdrise.com/haitipartners5k2014/ - Raise $25 or more and we’ll send you an official race t-shirt!

 

Questions, thoughts, or ideas? Contact Brian Ballard: 772-226-0034, brian [at] haitipartners [dot] org

 

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Christa wins the world paraclimbing championship!

September 15, 2014

Congratulations to friend and colleague, Christa Brelsford, on winning the women’s world paraclimbing championship this weekend! Christa – who lost her right leg below the knee in the 2010 Haiti earthquake – has been a real inspiration to all of us at Haiti Partners. Both through surviving the trauma of the earthquake itself, and then turning that terrible misfortune into an opportunity to raise awareness about Haiti, Christa has shown strength, courage, grace and humility. We are so honored to count her as a partner, friend and supporter.

To view Christa’s climb, begin viewing the above video at 3:34:00.

We are also grateful to Christa for using this competition as a fundraising opportunity to support education in Haiti through Haiti Partners. Click here to contribute to her Crowdrise campaign, or click here to give directly to HP in her honor.

Thank you, Christa, and congratulations on your big win!

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A back to school note from co-founder, John Engle

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September 2, 2014

Friends,

It’s September: More than 1,100 children are filling our partner school and Children’s Academy classrooms. Our 47 Micah Scholars are beginning a new year of seminary courses.

Back in 1991, I first moved to Haiti as a two-year commitment with a small nonprofit. The experience transformed me. I discovered deep meaning and inspiration as I witnessed Haitians confront mind-boggling challenges with tenacity and determination. Their example along with the country’s compelling history – Haiti is the only European colony where the slaves revolted to successfully win their freedom – caused me to make a life-long commitment to this country.

Together, with our coworkers, Haiti Partners is humbly striving toward a bold vision of Haiti inspiring the world. This vision includes that during our lifetime, Haiti will advance from being known as “the poorest country in Western Hemisphere,” to being an example of change, innovation, and resourcefulness.

We’re blessed to be part of a dynamic team with big goals. Thank you for your interest in this work of helping Haitians change Haiti through education.

With deep gratitude,

John

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John’s Barrett Values Centre conference presentation: Experimenting in Search of Meaning

August 18, 2014

Last June co-director, John Engle, was invited to speak at the Barrett Values Centre’s Building a Values-Driven Society conference in Stockholm, Sweden. John’s presentation was titled, “Experimenting in Search for Meaning.” It’s an excellent talk covering everything from how John got involved in this work – don’t forget the hitchhiking trip to Alaska! – to a great summary of Haiti Partners’ work itself.

Haiti Partners is honored to be associated with the Barrett Values Centre and is grateful for its guidance and insight last spring while doing our strategic planning.

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Teacher Summit makes the news!

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August 12, 2014

In previous posts we’ve written about our annual Teacher Summit – our largest teacher training which brings over 60 Haitian teachers and 10 expert educators from Holland, Michigan together each July. Well, recently this event caught the attention of the local news in Zeeland, Michigan, a community just adjacent to Holland.  It’s a great article which celebrates this great group and the hard work and dedication they bring to the Summit each year.

Click here to read the article.

As ever, our thanks goes out to Calvary Church for supporting this important training for the last 3 years! Thank you!

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HP friend Christa Brelsford Climbs for Haiti!

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August 5, 2014

Haiti Partners is so grateful to be associated with Christa Brelsford. A victim of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Christa has turned her misfortune into an inspiring story of resilience and hope, most recently winning the first ever USA Paraclimbing National Championships. With this accomplishment under her belt, she’s now been asked to represent the USA in the world championships in Spain.

Christa has created a Crowdrise campaign in anticipation of this event:

Click here to support her campaign.

Thank you, Christa, for being such an inspiration to all of us, and also for, through it all, keeping Haiti close to your heart.


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13th Annual Open Space Meeting

July 30, 2014

On June 27th and 28th our Haiti-wide annual Open Space meeting took place. We’re pleased to say that even after 13 years interest in this democratic approach to conducting meetings has not abated. This year, despite relocating the event to Dabon, Leogane, which is farther from the capitol, there were over 50 participants, many of whom were new. The theme was, “How can social business influence the education profession toward a new vision of education?”

Haiti Partners is thrilled to see the Open Space method continuing to offer Haitians an alternative to traditional authoritarian approaches to exercising power. We look forward to supporting these efforts for the years to come.

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Teacher Summit 2014 a Great Success!

July 18, 2014
Erik Badger

On July 9-11 in Darbonne we held our annual Teacher Summit training. Nine excellent teachers and administrators from Holland, MI – all brought together by Calvary Church – came and spent two and a half days with 65 of our partner school teachers. They brought with them a host of high quality teaching materials – a full suitcase for each school! – and a whole bunch of great lessons they designed specifically for our teachers. By request, the lessons followed up on work that we’ve done over the last two years, reached across the content spectrum, and provided our teachers with a whole series of student-centered, engaging and interactive methods and activities for the classroom.

Haiti Partners is very grateful to this excellent group of educators who devote so much time and effort each year to help our partner school teachers improve at what they do.  We’re also very grateful to Calvary Church for supporting this effort. We had a great time and we look forward to staying in touch throughout the year and doing it again next year!

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Christianity Today article by co-director Kent Annan

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July 1, 2014

“…each day our pilgrimage brings dirtying stumbles, and, yes, each day death steps closer. But the beautiful, ridiculous grace is this: life abundant steps closer too.”

In the latest issue of Christianity Today Co-Director Kent Annan reflects on his Tough Mudder experience.

 

Read here:  http://tinyurl.com/os9jjye


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Sean Penn sees reason for optimism in Haiti’s recovery

June 23, 2014

In this Wall Street Joural opinion piece, Sean Penn – founder of J/P HRO, a relief organization that we have worked closely with since the earthquake – makes the case for, contrary to popular opinion, how Haiti has actually made great progress since the earthquake, and why Haiti’s supporters should continue to invest there.

Click here to read the article.

 

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Schools program update

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Celebrating with our partners the inauguration of the HAJICA poultry farm social business

June 19, 2014

The 2013-14 fiscal year has been a very productive one for the Haiti Partners Schools program.  We are pleased with the partnerships we have developed, the direction which the program has taken, and the impact we’re having in Baocia at the Children’s Academy, at the partner schools, and with the social businesses.

Thank you for learning about all the great work that your support is making possible!

 Click here to read our latest update.


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Haiti Partners in the news!

June 10, 2014

It was a pleasure hosting in Haiti photographer Benjamin Hager with 32963 News. We’re grateful for his and writer Mary Schenkel’s fine work on the above video and this article:

http://www.veronews.com/32963_features/people/haiti-partners-and-haiti-clinic-collaborate/article_73edd282-ebff-11e3-ac86-001a4bcf6878.html

 

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HAJICA Social Business Poultry Farm Officially Open!

HAJICA ribbon cutting

June 6, 2014

Our 2nd poultry social business is officially open! It will soon be generating funds to help support operating budgets for our four partner schools in Dabon. Special thanks to Yunus Social Business – Global InitiativesHeifer International, and all of our generous supporters. We’re also grateful that Dr. Michel Chancy, Minister of Animal Production was able to join us. You have all helped make this possible!

Click here to learn more about Haiti Partners’ social business initiatives.

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Thank you Miranda and have a great time!

Miranda at HC

May 23, 2014
Erik Badger

At Haiti Partners, we just love Miranda Ash. I had the good fortune to be in Haiti when she and her wonderful colleagues from WorldBlu, Traci and Sam, visited in 2011. Despite a busy schedule, and all the challenges that a first visit to Haiti inevitably involves, she was enthusiastic, engaging, and just plain fun to be with. And, as you can see from this picture taken at out partner school, Henri Christophe, the kids just couldn’t get enough of her.

True to form, even after 3 years Miranda is still engaged with Haiti. This time she’s doing it from her home in London. On June 1st, she’ll participate in a 5k “Colour Run” – an aptly named event as viewers get to throw colorful paint on you as you go by – and, in the process, raise funds for our work in Haiti.

Click here to view Miranda’s Crowdrise fundraising page.

Thank you Miranda for thinking of Haiti and Haiti Partners as you tackle this year’s Colour Run! Have a great time; we’ll be with you in spirit!

*Planning a run, walk, cycling event, obstacle course, or something similar that you’d like to use to engage your friends and family with Haiti? If so, check out HP’s Crowdrise page and/or send us an email. We’d love to help!

 

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