Meals & Schooling for Children in Port-au-Prince
This is a renewal of our long-standing partnership with our partner, theWhat If Foundation, a US-based nonprofit founded in 2000. With support from BGR, WIF sponsors a community-based food program in the Tiplas Kazo region of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The majority of the lunch program participants continues to be children, for whom in many cases this is their only meal of the day. Half of the BGR grant will cover 29,000 meals at Lamanjay’s Food Program starting June 2015.
The other half will go toward the scholarship fund. WIF is presently supporting 163 young people through the School Scholarships program for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, and occasionally assist with other associated costs, but generally families have to find a way to pay for other miscellaneous fees such as transportation, books, and uniforms. The BGR grant will provide $325 toward the scholarship costs of 29 elementary school students and $500 toward the costs of 21 high school students. Since tuition costs continue to increase, and the amount available for scholarships has remained level, the program’s goal is to continue supporting those current scholarship recipients to make sure that they are succeeding in school and working towards graduation.
To gain acceptance to the program, all students were carefully chosen by the Education Team and were selected based on core criteria of need, character, and desire, as well as on their performance in other educational programs. Our Haitian partners report that 96% of the high school and elementary students we sponsored in the past three years graduated or advanced to the next grade level. This high pass rate is likely the direct result of the support the students receive from the Education Team in Haiti.