On October 4, 2011, Haitian President Michel Martelly dedicated a new school in Luly, Haiti to replace an old school that was no longer safe to use due to earthquake damage. The new school was developed in a partnership between World Wide Village, and Digicel, Haiti’s largest cell phone provider.
Only 61% of the Haitian population over ten years of age is literate. In rural areas the rate is far worse at just 47%. Less than 46% of Haitian children attend school regularly. The numbers are even worse if you look at the female population separately. (Haitian Institute of Statistics and Information — 2003. These numbers are purportedly worst nice the 2010 earthquake).
An educated population is essential to a vibrant future for the country. Making education readily available in a community and weaving Biblical teaching into basic math, reading, sciences and history offer the children — and ultimately the country — and opportunity to excel beyond the current norms.
To increase the likelihood of success, World Wide Village partners with a local pastor and other community leaders to insure that children are not only enrolled, but that they attend on a regular basis. We work with parents and seek their commitment and support in making sure the children are in school and prepared to learn each morning.
The challenges we and our Haitian brothers and sisters face in rebuilding Haiti are immense, but we trust that future outcome will outweigh those challenges as education leads the way out of extreme poverty. Please consider sponsoring a student to support our efforts to help lift families out of poverty..