You can help a Haitian child overcome the cycle of poverty by supporting the first ever secondary school in Matènwa. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the lowest rate of school enrollment in the Western Hemisphere. In response to this educational crisis, we’ve worked since 2014 to fund the creation of the Matènwa Community Learning Center, a model secondary school.
At the MCLC, teachers and students work towards the development of a critical mind, which helps grow the community and raise awareness of gender equality. Unlike other schools in Haiti, the MCLC is affordable for families. Teachers foster an environment where students are respected and supported so that they can continue their schooling until graduation.
2018 was a special year—the first ever class graduated from the school!
We need your help to ensure that more students are able to complete their education. Currently, 165 students are enrolled in the secondary school. Your donations support their textbooks, school supplies, teacher pay and training.
Update from the Field
We'd like to introduce you to three of the 15 students graduating this coming May!
Valancia (13th grade), youngest of eight children says "To me, education is life. When you have an education, you are prepared to speak in an assembly, in front of any group. If I were not enrolled at MCLC I would be just sitting around, but this school develops students understanding of many areas of life that you would never find at other schools. Also I admire Christiano Ronaldo, who is a Portuguese professional soccer player. I admire him a lot and I would like to work harder at soccer so I can be like him."
Denison (12th grade) "I appreciate that this school is the best school. It is always talked about because of our strong performance in the State exams. What I like about school is that my teachers are always here and on time. I am grateful for my education because it will make me a good citizen in the future. I could become a big doctor or an engineer. I am getting a great education at LKM. The person I admire most is Mr. Edno, the Deputy Director of my high school."
Billy (13th grade) "I believe education is the source of life. I am in grade 13 and also help teach crafts at MCLC. I made this chair. I used to spend many hours working on furniture and bamboo crafts together with my good friend, but he quit school and is now in Port-au-Prince, hoping to emigrate to Chile. I miss him a lot but my goal is to finish school. Since I was little, I have always been motivated to pursue my dreams.
I recognize that education is important in my life. It enables me to engage with everyone. It shows me how to do many positive things, and it gives me skills that are appreciated by others. I am grateful because education has already started to make part of my dream come true, and it pushes me to keep working toward my dream. I want to contribute to the development of my community, of Lagonave, and of Haiti. I would like to go to university, study Computer Science, and come back to the island with ideas for developing arts and crafts.
It is also a privilege for children to be educated in their mother tongue and to be able to learn well. I appreciate the entire staff because they are all doing good work at this school.
The people who inspire me are Coeur-RimÃÂ©, who is a Haitian slam poet/musician, and BIC, a Haitian musician who works in the Haitian language with Michel DeGraff."
Update from the Field
We are incredibly happy to report that in 2017 we will build out the final grade to complete the first ever secondary school on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. This will support quality education for more than 160 secondary school children. Children in an area that has the lowest school enrollment in the Western Hemisphere, where the percentage of children who complete primary school is only 50% and only 20% of girls receive secondary education (grades 7-13).
Update from the Field
LKM Secondary School continues to make progress on their goal of building out their secondary school through grade 13 on the island of La Gonave. Recent student graduates often write to LKM expressing their gratitude for receiving a quality education. LKM's impact goes beyond just students—their presence has a huge impact on the Matenwa community at large. Zaza, a mother of three, sheds light on the way this school has changed Matenwa:
"My name is Anetude Gefrard, and my nickname is Zaza. I am a 33 year-old Matenwa native. I have been working at LKM Secondary School for three years. I have three kids at the school: an eleventh grader named Billy, a 6th grader Rosalineda, and an 8th grader, Billock. I am very thankful to LKM for all its help. Because of LKM, all of my kids have an education. LKM supports all mothers in the community because otherwise we wouldn't have been able to afford any other school for our kids. LKM gives food and school supplies to every student for free. LKM also employs me in the school's kitchen so that I can have enough means to take care of my kids at home. LKM is a savior to everyone in the Matenwa community. Many thanks to everyone who is working to keep LKM going strong in Matenwa."
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