Books for Haiti is happy to report that Grace Academy has decided to house their new library in half of the Boy’s Dormitory rather than in a used shipping container (not as bad as it sounds, but still…). The library will initially consist of 5,000 physical books, in French, which will be delivered to them in June as part of BFH’s efforts in Haiti. This has been a long and complicated project as previously reported, with many hands making for a great outcome.
To augment the library, and allow these students access to a virtually unlimited world of literature, BFH is seeking funding for 30 Kindles for this school. The staff at Grace Academy, in conjunction with the organization Healing Haiti, have determined that this number of devices will allow them to supply one full classroom with Kindles at a time. Plans have been discussed with the teaching staff as well, as to how best use this resource in their curriculum, and they are very excited at the possibility of using Kindle technology.
Our commitment to this school alone means a fundraising goal of $3,000. While we are looking into various funding approaches, BFH is chiefly reliant on individual donors for its success. Please consider making a real difference in the lives of these children for small donation -$100 will put a Kindle in the hands of several students each day. Details of BFH’s complete business plan for 2014 can be found on our webpage, along with easy instructions on how to make your tax-exempt donation. Ongoing activity can be followed on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there!
After a successful start-up year in Haiti, during which many connections were forged, BFH is planning to expand the distribution of Kindle eReaders to three Haitian schools. The original SOPUDEP School will receive additional units based on demonstrated success of the initial Kindles in their classrooms. The Grace School, a project of Healing Haiti, is currently testing a couple of Kindles to determine how they will incorporate them into their curriculum. Also being explored, is supporting a school in Croix des Bouquets, which is being promoted by a Rotary member in Haiti.
Realistically, it takes approximately $5,000 to outfit a school with 40 Kindles, enough for one classroom at a time to use, and to provide the accessories, on-site training and support they require. This means BFH needs to raise at least $15,000 to proceed. We are looking at various funding options but, to date, funding has come in large part from individual donors.
YOUR help, your connections, your corporation or organization will make a real difference toward our success in 2014. BFH urges you to view our website, Books for Haiti , and follow us on Facebook . New partners and established donors together will allow the students of Haiti to access the literature that will help lead their country forward.
Funding and shipping assistance has been obtained, through the generous support of Infinera Corp., to allow us to move 5,000 French language books to the Grace School, Titanyen, Haiti.
This school for orphaned children has NO books, and this will make a tremendous difference in those students’ lives. The hard part NOW will be to ready those books for shipping.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
A packing party in Pacifica is planned for September 21st, at the home of Michelle Lacourciere.
The “team” will consist of student volunteers from both Los Altos High School (arranged by Seth Donnelly) and Mountain View High School (Marie Thuillier). If YOU would like to volunteer, or know a student who can help on this date, please contact Robert Ende at 408-931-1774.
We are also almost to our goal of $5,000 that will put 40 Kindles in the Mission of Hope School in Grand Goâve, Haiti. To help put this project over the top, and the Kindles on their way to Haiti, please visit www.booksforhaiti.com.
Cindy Reid, Books for Haiti Communications Director