Bon Samaritan La Hatte School
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Bon Samaritan La Hatte School

Bon Samaritain La Hatte School is GSF’s flagship project in Haiti - thanks to the generosity of Rotary Tortola and their partnership with Rotary Les Cayes, the nearest mainland town to Ile a Vache. The large modern concrete school has seven classrooms, a hall serving as our 3 year kindergarten program, kitchen with food depot, office, playgrounds, a huge cistern storing water for the village in times of need, 12 latrines, teachers' indoor shower and toilets, and the possibility of a second story in the next few years for higher grades, a music room, and volunteer accomodation. It serves as a hurricane shelter when needed, and we stock basic foodstuffs for the aftermath of such disasters.

Below you can read the history of the founding and building of the school, in a village which previously only had a small shack with unqualified teachers and no external support for the hundreds of children needing an education.

teacher training completed

In 2013 and 14 we concentrated on improving the standard of education - and had considerable success! Marks came up 20% on previous years, and can still go higher! With stable funding for teacher salaries and a good lunch program, we were able to expand the school to include 2 years of Kindergarten and a Sixth grade. All of our teachers are qualified, including Jude Rilio, the first graduate of our university scholarships, who now teaches 6th Grade. Books and materials are supplied to the children, and some years we also provide the fabric for uniforms.

The 2016 Kindergarten has 4 qualified ‘jardinieres’ or early-childhood teachers, and it’s own facilities, equipment and furniture suitable for age 3 to 5. This encourages parents to send their children to school at the right age, where in Haiti as a whole, schooling formerly started anywhere from 5 to 12 years old, IF at all. Having a free school is therefore essential to getting an education for poorer families, and on these remote islands, nobody is well-off. The children usually stay in school consistently after Kindergarten, and the family sees the benefit of sending all their children, not just the brightest or the favorite child.

New School construction
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We hope to safeguard both the local character of the island and the livelihoods of the people in the community, so that they can retain their way of life yet benefit from new development.

School Floor Plan

As the children advance through school at a normal rate, more of them will have the chance to attend high school, and further education.  We now provide seventh and eighth grades in the afternoon session as well, and hope to continue to ninth so that by 2017-8 we will have a full 12 years of schooling available - the level required for entry to trade school and acedemic high school on the mainland. This means that as Ile a Vache develops as a tourism destination, more local people will be eligible for the new types of jobs, in hotels, construction, entrepreneurial roles, etc. GSF hopes to continue to offer scholarships for high school and further education also, to deserving students. In 2016-7 we will have 4 students in teacher training and nursing school, three in trade school, and eight in high school.

 

Work Crew Classroom Classroom Supplies

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The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti is committed to the advance of education, health and welfare of the underprivileged children of Haiti. The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race or national or religious affiliation.


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Last Updated on: September 18, 2016

 


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