School Uniforms for Haiti 2016
Organized by: Lori Gerlach
Let's get them a real building
October 07, 2016
Hey friends! Some of you know I just returned from a solo trip in Haiti, where I was hanging out with my friends' family. Gertha Dossous, my friend's sister-in-law, took me in as her own sister each moment of my stay. She made sure I experienced many aspects of her Haitian village, Petit Goave, a small town about 3 hours south west of Port Au Prince.
Gertha asked me to visit the local school where she teaches. The "building" was no more than a tin roof with holes, rigged over some wooden beams lined with plastic for "walls." Several of the children were not in uniform, & even some in pajamas, because they can't afford the required attire.
Gertha explained that even though Haitian schools require uniforms, leniency is given to those who don't have the means. This doesn't, however, take away the shame & feelings of lacking among the underprivileged kids.
I asked Gertha why it's necessary to have the children in uniform. She said one reason is that many of these kids walk over a mile to get to school, & it's important that each school has a specific uniform color so that students can be recognized in the community by the school they attend in case of emergency.
About 50 students at the school are without uniforms (not all are present in the photo), which cost around $40 USD. I would love your help to get these little stars of Haiti's next generation feeling the encouragement they need & that we can EASILY & TANGIBLY give them!
UPDATE! We've since reached our uniforms goal & are now trying to get some money for concrete walls and a better roof for them. The makeshift plastic tarp & sticks building was destroyed in Hurricane Matthew. Let's get the money to Haiti to have local Haitians build a real schoolhouse for the kids!