In rural Haiti, it is very common to find that there are only one or two people, usually men, per village, who have finished high-school or have any further eduction. This is one of the reasons not much progress is made in improving standard of living as teachers and trained personnel cannot easily be persuaded to live in the remoter areas. Haitians are so eager to have more education and training but for subsistence farmers it is out of the question; feeding and clothing their children and dealing with the constant cycle of illness, natural disasters like the recent crop and drought failure, political upheavals and poor market prices make their lives unending drudgery.
We are trying to change this by offering scholarships to the brightest local youth to finish courses they have had to leave for family reasons or lack of funds. Those qualified and trained will return, to fulfill their commitment to the community and help improve lives and health in the area by so doing.
GSF is committed to our side of the bargain - students will be funded as far as we possibly can towards finishing their high school diploma, or college degree. They will be equal percentages girls and boys when possible, from poorer families, and we will attempt to either provide first employment for them or help them to find jobs. In return they commit to upholding standards in their behavior, helping our projects during holidays, and returning to the community. We are sometimes able to offer targeted courses at trade school (mechanic, electrician...) which are one to two years and the skills are urgently needed in the area.
All scholarship donations to Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti go to the students' education, books and living costs.
Donors have the satisfaction of knowing their money enables someone from a very disadvantaged background, in a rural village where most people are illiterate, to qualify as a professional - giving life-changing improvement to them, their families and their community! All are happy to provide details of their progress, and their lives and aspirations! Please ask your friends, any group/club/church you belong to, even your office colleagues - this is such a worthwhile and productive opportunity . Thank you for all your help!
We have young adults in university, at trade school, and in language courses, ranging from $250 to $3500 per year.
We also have 7 scholarships for high school, all for teenagers or early-twenties who have not been able to complete high-school due to difficult family circumstances. These cost only $400 each per year.
We are striving really hard to keep the success growing and this is where your help is much needed.