In order to empower Haitians through education, The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation has established programs working in every level of schooling in Haiti- from primary school to adult education!
o Our preschool: Preschool
o Our primary school: The Good Samaritans School
o Our secondary school: James Stine College
o Our adult education: Literacy program
In the fall of 2015 we opened our new preschool with 200 three and four-year-olds. These children will eventually filter into kindergarten at the Good Samaritans School. Sponsorship is the same for these preschoolers as it is for Good Samaritan students.
The Good Samaritans School opened its wrought iron gate on July 7, 2001, with a dedication ceremony and benediction by His Eminence, William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore. Contributions from Food for the Poor and private donors funded the construction of the three-story building.
Children enter the school at 5 years old and are offered the opportunity for a free education through the 6th grade, thanks to our sponsorship program. The students are given breakfast upon arrival and a substantial meal following classes. They are also provided with yearly physical and dental examinations on site.
At the Good Samaritans School, 27 faculty members teach the students under the direction of the Sisters of St. Joseph de Cluny. We have four kindergarten teachers and one teacher for each class for 1st through 6th grade. We have an additional teacher for the library as well as support personnel for the school including two custodians and six workers in the kitchen. Each employee is paid 12 months of the year and the Foundation is proud to report virtually no staff turnover.
With such a staff, the school has become the largest private employer in the city of Saint Marc.
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The James Stine College welcomed its first students on October 3, 2011. The James Stine College offers quality secondary education to young women and men from the region and to those whose schools collapsed during the earthquake.
The Mortel Foundation board of directors entered into a 20-year contract with the Clercs de St. Viateur, a religious congregation of priests and brothers, to direct the James Stine College. The Montreal-based religious order began their responsibilities July 1, 2011.
The congregation appoints the principal who is responsible for recruiting the faculty and staff for the school. The principal also resides over the school administrative board.
The school building currently has 20 classrooms with the capacity to serve up to 800 students.
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To address the high illiteracy rate in Haiti, an adult literacy program was also established. Adult literacy classes for men and women are provided Monday through Friday over a three year cycle in the Good Samaritans school building. Priority for admission is given to parents of students at the Good Samaritans school. A sizable minority has decided to continue their education beyond those 4 years.
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