Hand in Hand for Haiti

Almost a decade ago, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti leaving at least 230,000 dead and injuring tens of thousands more. The country's already fragile infrastructure suffered incomparable devastation. The earthquake caused catastrophic suffering across the country. It has been a disaster on the most terrible of scales and, as always in a disaster zone, the youngest are among the worst affected. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line on less than US two dollars a day. An estimated 55 percent are illiterate. Its people will need our support long into the future.

Hand in Hand for Haiti is a collective response to the humanitarian crisis following the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country on January 12, 2010. Its founders set out to build a sustainable school complex that offered a high-quality education for the neediest children of the city of Saint Marc. After generating extraordinary support from the travel retail industry, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, opened its doors on October 3, 2011. The Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable is located in the city of Saint Marc and is currently the city's largest employer, providing 60 local full-time and 35 local part-time jobs. The hurricane-proof, anti-seismic, sustainable school complex offers accessible education from pre-school to secondary school, in Saint-Marc, Haiti, in an area of great need.

Project in 2018

With open arms, TFWA Care will join Hand in Hand for Haiti and fund the construction of a secondary classroom building at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable this year. The school which is located 2.5 miles north of Saint Marc’s city center currently serves 386 of the area’s poorest children and provides 60 local fulltime and 40 part-time jobs. Since its creation, the number of children at Lyçee Jean Baptiste du Sable has doubled and additional classroom building is essential to its growth. Not only are children cared for by HiHH, the school is also a source of employment to the locals.  According to the Mayor of Saint Marc, the school is the largest employer of the city.

Through the help of TFWA Care, 386 children that were enrolled from Nursery to 6th grade in 2017 have the possibility to accede and study 7th grade at Lycée Jean – Baptiste Pointe du Sable. After the construction of the secondary building with a target date on September 2018, the first cohort of students will have the chance to stay and study the 7th Grade. This class will be the first to enter the soon to be built secondary school thanks to TFWA Care’s aid. Modern teaching methods opened to world but deeply rooted in Haitian culture is a strong component of the curriculum at the Lycée. In addition, the students are also cared for with in-house nurses to monitor the children’s health.

By adding a grade each year as a long term plan, Hand in Hand for Haiti can continue its ambition and expand to provide high-school diploma eventually for all its students. At the same time, the construction of additional buildings will continue to create new jobs both short-term and long-term to its locals. Together, TFWA Care and Hand in Hand for Haiti will contribute to a more promising and brighter future for this island nation.

The lasting gift of education.
Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable