Impact Update – Spring 2021
The Children’s Academy & Learning Center celebrates its first primary school graduates!
When the Children’s Academy opened in 2012, just two years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, we weren’t sure what the future would bring. Together with the community we had committed to building a school from the ground up, a school that would provide an education to “prepare and inspire changemakers” — a new generation of leaders ready to work toward a better life for themselves, their community and their country. Today, nine years later, we’re thrilled to share that this first class of students – the Class of 2028 – has just graduated from 6th grade. Despite extraordinary challenges – natural disasters, political unrest, a pandemic – the Children’s Academy has endured and the students have persevered. We look forward to continuing to grow the school, class by class, until it offers a complete secondary education. Click here for pictures of the Class of 2028 when they first joined us.
Home Gardens Project a Great Success!
Just one year in, we’re excited to share that the Home Gardens Project has been a great success: 220 water catchment systems installed and functioning; 500+ gardens planted; 225 konbit (work teams) formed; Parent service hours up over 30% and school gardens dramatically improved thanks to increased motivation. Thank you to everyone who has supported this important work! Learn more.
Merline & John tell their story on the “Responsible Rebels” podcast
Interested in a little bit more of the personal backstory on HP Co-Directors, Merline & John Engle? If so, check out this podcast – Responsible Rebels – created by long time friend, Mark Dowds. From stories about their first year of marriage to their current personal missions, we think you’ll enjoy it. Listen now.
Haiti Partners earns 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar
Platinum is Guidestar’s highest level of recognition and puts Haiti Partners in their top 5% of non-profit organizations working in education and community development in Haiti. Learn more here.
Character.org recognizes Home Gardens Project as “Promising Practice”
We are excited to share that Haiti Partners has been named a “Promising Practice” recipient by Character.org for our Home Gardens project at the Children’s Academy. Learn more here.
Haiti Partners & Children’s Academy make the 2021 WorldBlu List of Most Freedom-Centered Cultures
Both Haiti Partners and the Children’s Academy made The WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Cultures again this year. WorldBlu is a global academy and community of leaders and organizations committed to freedom and democracy in the workplace. Learn more here.