L'Ecole du Village is an elementary school welcoming children to get them ready for basic reading, writing and math. L'Ecole du Village ensures a place for the children who are under privileged in the small community of Canobert at Ile-a-Vache, Haiti. EDEM Foundation invites you to join us and begin a caring and long lasting relationship with a child in need. (School Report 2012)
Welcome to Ecole du Village
The children of Ile-a-Vache live in a particularly difficult situation. Some even at the age of 4 have to walk over an hour to get to the nearest school. But this does not discourage the kids from waking up every morning looking for a place to learn. EDEM Foundation works together with various partner organizations to help cover the basic needs of the school and the salary of the teachers and the director. Your support helps us turn this remote location into a little paradise where education is key to the future of the children.
Provide basic education to the children.
Create a stimulating environment for the children to promote their physical, mental and social growth.
Develop programs that fit with the environment of the school and the island.
Provide the school with the necessary tools for a good learning environment.
Encourage the involvement of the parents and the community at large in the education of the children.
Ecole du Village would like to acknowlege some of our special partners
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EDEM Foundation is a project of United Charitable Programs, Inc. A registered 501(c)(3) public charity
GREENBACK: HELP A CHILD AND GET PAID IN GREEN
Investment in education is as essential as investment in our environment. Ecole du Village wants to partner with friends from other countries to trade a good education for a clean and green environment. This year, Ecole du Village is initiating a new program as a way to give back something that is dear to all of us. A GREEN ENVIRONMENT. Every child at Ecole du Village who finds a sponsor will be asked to plant a tree or two in his backyard. You, the sponsor will have the option to name the tree (name of your own child, memory of a loved one) and together we will watch it grow while the children get a better education. The children will be able to select from coconut, mango, lemon, avocado, and other trees. This program is in assocation with CAPAS (Centre d'Appui a la Production Agricole du Sud).
PARTNERING WITH ST. BRIDGETS SCHOOL IN FRAMINGHAM, MA
A unique opportunity was presented to the school community by at Saint Bridget School family in Framingham, Massachusetts to share in a partnership with Ecole du Village. Bridget School will establish a Friendship Exchange Club with the children of Ecole du Village in Haiti where both schools will learn about each other through arts, culture, history, communication and friendship.
“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for our
children to expand their ideas of service to others.
Friendship and service are not only local, they are global, and this
partnership helps our children to learn about and virtually “visit” a part
of the world they might otherwise never get a chance to experience,”
commented Mrs. Roseanne Mungovan , principal of Saint Bridget School
. We might have Kindergartners sharing pictures of their
families with the youngest Ecole du Village students, 5th grade students
learning about the geography of Haiti , middle school students studying
Haitian Creole and French art, while the students at the Haiti school are
learning English and the history of Massachusetts . With the
benefits of the Internet, the children can even share in an instant
pen-pal style relationship.”
The Children at Ecole du Village will share
their knowledge of the environment with St. Bridget School and will plant
a tree on behalf of all of their friends at St. Bridget.
HISTORY OF ECOLE DU VILLAGE
On October 2005, L'Ecole du Village opened its doors at Canobert, a small community in the island of Ile-a-Vache with the support of the Association " Solidaires de l'Ile à Vache-Haïti " of the Schools of Steiner-Waldorf, France. Myriam Silien who earlier moved from France to Ile-a-Vache took control of the school with the support of Florence Tessier, who volunteered to stay for 10 months. The kindergarten welcomed 13 children lead by Florence while Myriam ran the first grade class. Myriam and Florence were inspired by the Waldorf School system which they attended and applied the system to fit the environment of the children. They limited the school to 16 students but the demand was so great that they could have welcomed over 100 children.
Starting the school was no easy task. Rain and storm delayed the construction of the school. Myriam had to start the school under a tree. The children had a hard time focusing, they were passive and were not paying much attention. Most of the children never held a pen or a pencil in the past and showed no interest in the games. But the school finally took off and children showed up everyday with a smile.
Unfortunately by the end of 2006, Myriam had to leave the island. Florence completed her 10 months and returned back to Europe. Upon hearing about the closure of the school, Jean-Patrick and Bernadette Lucien of EDEM Foundation contacted some leaders in the community and offered to help reopen the school. Meetings were held by some leaders and parents and all agreed to reopen the school. KAPEP (formelly H.O.P.E), an organization based in Chicago and supporting education in Haiti quickly committed to cover the salary of the teachers. A committee was put in place by the members of the community to manage the school. Today, the school counted 83 students, 5 instructors, and a principal. The community of Canobert wishes to thank Myriam for her inspiration and initiative.
A committee made by members of the community (see picture left) assures the management of the school. The committee includes a president, vice-president, a treasurer, and a secretary. The school is run by Jean-Sauny Pierre. Jean Sauny has years of experience in the education sector and has ran other schools on the island.
The classes are taught by experienced teachers chosen by the school committee, all members of the community.
EDEM Foundation, based in Boston, Massachusetts provides financial and logistic support to the school. The committee gives a special attention to the involvement of parents in the activities of the school.
Ile-a-Vache is a beautiful island located in the south of Haiti at 6 miles of the coast of the city of LesCayes. Ile-a-Vache has a population of about 22,000. The island is known for its beautiful environment, great history and friendly people. The population and relies mostly on fishing and agriculture. Please visit www.ile-a-vache.com for more info or the mayor's web site at www.ile-a-vache.org.
The Ile-a-Vache Book: "Mwen Renmen
Ilavach", "I Love Ile-a-Vache": (read
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