EDUCATING A COMMUNITY
Education is something that Americans often take for granted. It's unlikely that you know someone that didn't have a chance to attend school. In Haiti, only 50% of primary school age children go to school. The majority of people in Thomazeau have to work in their family's trade and never have the opportunity to attend school. This vast lack of education contributes to extreme poverty in the region.
Our Education program is focused on expanding the knowledge of local Haitians through higher-level applied learning techniques paired with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Because so few people worldwide speak Creole, learning English will open doors of opportunity and imagination for all students in our school.
We believe that offering an opportunity to learn is a vessel to end the poverty cycle in Thomazeau. Construction of the primary school began in June of 2017. A secondary school will be built as a second floor onto the primary school building. The secondary school project awaits funding, so donate now to transform the lives of children in Thomazeau through education.
Only two percent of women in the area around the LiveBeyond base can recognize their names in print.
One of our Haitian staff members, Sophie, was a 56-year-old student in our basic literacy and ESL classes. During her first class, the instructor had to teach her how to hold a pencil. This is a seemingly mindless task to Americans, but her family was too poor to send her to school as a child, so it's a skill she never learned. She raised seven kids without being to be able to read them a book.
After months of practicing in literacy class, Sophie can finally write her name. Time after time, you can expect to hear her joyfully squeal when she writes it correctly. One of her highest achievements was signing her own name on her baptism certificate. Today, Sophie's knowledge continues to expand as she learns basic English to communicate with team members.
The opportunity to learn gives Sophie dignity, a sense of purpose, and hope for a better future.