Scott Henderson via Crowdrise
November 20, 2011
BENEFITING: HAITI PARTNERS INC
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone's support, we reached our first goal! Because of our momentum, I'm challenging 8 more people to donate $50 to raise an additional $400. This would give us enough to fund our first loan to an entrepreneur to help fund her child's education.
On November 17, I am headed to Haiti along with a select group of entrepreneurs to help Haiti Partners chart the next phase of a very exciting initiative bringing together education and entrepreneurs. It'll be my second time there and this time I want more people to come along for the journey.
While huge numbers of people stepped forward immediately after the 2010 earthquake, most everyone has moved their attention elsewhere. Unfortunately, people in Haiti still have great needs, especially the children of Haiti.
“We really believe for Haiti to improve significantly not only is there a need for improving education in general terms, but specifically helping children to grow up learning more entrepreneurial skills.” - John Engle, Haiti Partners
Only 8% of Haiti’s schools are publicly-funded, leaving the rest to charge fees too expensive for many families. As a result, nearly 50% of school-age children aren’t enrolled in school, and those who are often receive a poor education from teachers who lack adequate training and materials. While the government is working to make free, quality education available to all children, it will be many years before this goal is realized.
In the meantime, Haiti Partners (co-founded by John Engle and Kent Annan) has teamed up with Grameen Creative Lab to pilot social businesses at seven Haitian schools that Haiti Partners supports, financed by loans from SAP and Accenture. The goal of the program is twofold:
- Create sustainable revenue streams that reduce their reliance on school fees and outside support
- Develop a culture of entrepreneurism among administrators, teachers, students, and parents that will help create jobs and drive economic growth in their communities
The goal of this month's trip is to assess the current progress and generate a strategy to attract a significant numbers donors to the social entrepreneur program. You can read more about the program in this news article.
SInce you can't come in person on such short notice, I'd like for you to become an "investor" by making a gift. The first ten people to donate $50 or more will be recognized as "Series A Investors" in this endeavor. As a Series A Investor, you will receive amazing karma for your investment in the future of Haitian children and families. I'll also throw in a special gift from Haiti and a special video message from the team while we're there.
I need to raise $1,000 and I hope you will join me in making a gift. I've started things off by making the first gift: $500. Yay! We're already halfway to the goal. Can you pitch in with a gift that is meaningful to you?