Most schools in Haiti are privately run, and many poor parents cannot afford the costs and fees for tuition, uniforms and books.
According to Schools for Haiti, about 57% of primary school-aged children are enrolled in school and only 20% will graduate from sixth grade. These children are likely to end up working in unskilled jobs and earning very little, just like previous generations.
Our Educational Needs fund helps children stay in school and learn the necessary skills to provide for themselves and their families while contributing positively to their communities. Donations to support the educational needs of children in Haiti, and in the other countries where we work, help families pay tuition fees so their children can attend school.
Families may also receive textbooks, uniforms and fees for labs, and the children may receive tutoring and mentoring support, as well as vocational training.
Poverty strips Haitian children of so many things. Malnutrition, improper sanitation, violence and exploitation, and inaccessible and deficient health care all combine to stunt a Haitian child’s early development and hinder the ability of Haitian children to grow into healthy, fulfilled adults.
Clean, safe drinking water, proper nutrition and hygiene practices, and access to quality health care — each of these things needs to be present and needs to be addressed for a child to develop in healthy manner. But for children living in Haiti, they’re often absent.