Hope for Tomorrow
Espoire Pour Demain School (Hope for Tomorrow) is a K-6 school that serves 100+ students daily in Ravine Park, one of Haiti’s more vulnerable communities. In spite of a dedicated staff of teachers and a principal who has championed the school since its inception nearly two decades ago, the school is in grave danger of closing due to a loss of funding earlier this year.
Though the teachers have not been paid in months, they continue to show up each day, as do the students, who come dressed in their uniforms, ready to learn in spite of there being no working toilets, few school supplies, and one of the main buildings is without a roof after Hurricane Matthew destroyed it in 2016.
Aid Still Required is committed to helping get this school back on its feet. Our initial focus is to reinstate the teachers’ salaries, provide on-going teacher training, and provide school supplies for the children. We are also in dialogue with and hoping to partner with another organization to provide food for the children on a daily basis. Once these basic needs are met, our plan is to upgrade the physical structure, including replacing the roof on the building mentioned above.
The economic challenges facing the community of Ravine Park are due largely to its hillside location which, primarily because of Haiti’s devastating nationwide deforestation, makes commercial farming almost impossible. Additionally, since no medical care is currently available, Aid Still Required will further support this community by scheduling regular door-to-door nursing visits to each family. Finally, we plan to provide the community with a social worker to assist our families in meeting their day-to-day needs.