We received a report from Joseph, one of our Darbonne mentors, today.
As some know, our ten Darbonne mentors have chosen, on their own accord, to continue teaching their students for one hour per day, despite the fact that no one has found the funds to pay them yet.
Marie Flore and Nahomie have been working with their own team of ten students on the other side of the river, since flooding these months makes it difficult to ford it. The other eight mentors have been working with the remaining 30 students in town.
Here is what Joseph wrote to me:
“Even though the team still hasn’t found money to pay us, we’re going to continue working because the children deserve this great opportunity. There’s a Haitian proverb that says, ‘Even the frog peeing helps the river run.’ This is one of the ways we can help the children of our country.”
It’s such a simultaneously crushing and heartwarming story– that these mentors, who have little to begin with themselves, are sacrificing their time in order to volunteer to help their own children. It’s stories like these that I wish I could just pass on to someone who can help.
I was talking to a friend not long ago that was telling me how the IADB is having an event discussing OLPC. It’s a hard program to fund, I think, because it’s not easy to find quick, quantifiable data about the benefits of computers in a Haitian classroom. But our mentors are showing that the program, which has only been running since March, is making such an enormous impact that they have independently chosen to keep this program going without any payment and very little outside support.
If only the right people knew that, would these mentors still be struggling?
Great news!! Our pilot in Petite Riviere des Nippes has gained enough funding to continue for five more months to come.
“The laptop program Waveplace has put together has had a very positive effect on the mentors as well as the students involved with the pilot program in Petite Riviere Di Nippes, Haiti,” said Jack Davidson, the director of the American Haitian Foundation, our partner organization in Petite Riviere.
“The children enrolled in the program are out performing their peers in all subjects. This year during registration many parents have asked how they could get their children involved with the program. We plan to continue the program for the next five months.”
We are so proud of our mentors and students in Petite Riviere. Looks like a good program that will only continue to grow.
Stay posted on our site for more news from Petite Riviere and other locations as Waveplace develops programs throughout Haiti.