Local Non-Profit Opens Doors to New School in Northern Haiti

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Provided by Helping Haitian Angels

Haymarket Virginia, November 3, 2014 – After more than six years of planning, Helping Haitian Angels has realized its goal of establishing a school to educate children in Haiti.   The school, located within the newly newly-constructed Kay Anj Village in Northern Haiti, offers a formal education to the 42 orphaned children cared for by the organization as well as 51 students from the surrounding Dekle community.

The Kay Anj Village School will teach children in grades Pre-K to 6th. The school has 6 teachers who instruct the children in math, science, history, languages and social studies.

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With formal education rates the lowest in the Western Hemisphere and an inability by the government to fund a national education system, private schools and church-run schools educate 90% of the children in Haiti. According to the Rubicon Education Foundation, “on average only 55 percent of children ages 6 to 12 are enrolled in school,” leaving Haiti with one of the lowest literary rates in the world.

According to Debbie Harvey, executive director of Helping Haitian Angels, “If we are to change the cycle of poverty that has gripped this country we need to double-down on efforts to educate Haiti’s children. One way we are doing this at our school is to begin teaching children in their native language of Creole and introducing French and English languages in 4th grade. We believe this approach will help break the cycle of oppression that keeps so many children who have the ability to learn from ever getting started.”

The international relief and development organization Food For The Poor has pledged to donate approximately 100 meals per day throughout the school year. This commitment will allow the school to offer a morning meal to all the children in attendance.

The children attend school five days a week with the school year running from October through June.

About Helping Haitian Angels

Helping Haitian Angels is a 501(c) (3) non-profit Christian organization established in 2008 by Haymarket, Virginia residents Bill and Debbie Harvey to create a village in Northern Haiti for the country’s orphaned children. With Phase 1 nearly complete, Kay Anj Village is situated on 40 acres, 25 of which will be farmed, and includes 8 houses for 80 children, a school for 250 students, a church and community center and an infrastructure in place to support the village. Phase 2 will include additional farmland, a tilapia farm, transitional housing, a director’s house, and administrative and volunteer housing. A medical clinic is planned for Phase 3. For more information please visit www.helpinghaitianangels.org, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @haitianangels.

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