True to our motto "Seulement l'education peut changer notre société" ("Only education can change our society") our work in Haiti is focused on the support of the local school system. In doing this we are completely independent of government or aid agencies. With the help of our donors, we enable children from poor families to visit primary school, provide for the upkeep of our own school on site, take care of building and other structural measures in the school sector and support a small number of particularly poor people financially.
"Seulement l'éducation peut changer notre sociéte."
The largest part of the aid projects of Haitihilfe Heinz Kühn e.V. is to enable children to attend the 1st to the 6th grade of school. Overall currently about 900 students from 19 different schools are supported in Port-Salut and around. A child must pay about 35 to 90 US dollars for class, books, uniforms and school meals per school year. Based on an average per capita income of less than one US dollar per day, this tuition is not affordable for most Haitians, especially as families often are with many children!
We visit each school and talk to each of our godchildren personally. The team on site supports us in organizing and implementing our school visits active.
The principle of reciprocity
To teach the children that the support should not be taken for granted, they have to prepare a small thank you in the form of a self-painted picture and some words of thanks in return. These "fiches" are deliverd to the godparents in Germany. This tightens the personal relationship between godparents and godchildren and strengthens the children's awareness for the support they get.
The number of students who can go to school trough the support of our project depends on the donors in Germany. With a donation - no matter at what level - you can take over one or more sponsorships for children in Haiti. Of course, this is without obligation. You do not agree on a sponsorship for six years.
École Notre Dame
With the thought in mind, to also give older children who wouldn't be accepted to the official primary schools the possibility to get basic education, Heinz Kuehn founded his own school in Port-Salut in 1990: "Ecole Notre Dame". Meanwhile our school has become a regular primary school, still accepting the participation of older pupils. Depending on the number of new pupils, around 140 to 200 children get their primary education here (1st to 6th grade), before they go into secondary schools.
Haitihilfe Heinz Kuehn e.V. covers the whole financial needs for this school, including materials, salaries for six teachers working there, the housing and food.
After École Notre Dame was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, we decided to rebuild the school from scratch on a new piece of land. We were already able to buy some land and secure it with a wall. Now we're going into the planning and construction phase. We're supported in this by the NGO Architects over borders. But to be able to realize such a big project, we desperately need more donations.
Ever since, Haitihilfe Heinz Kühn e.V. supports special projects regularly - primarily in the school section - through financial aid.
Here are some examples from the last years:
- Complete construction financing of a massive building with three classrooms, Ecole Beaudoin.
- Building cost subsidy for the renewal of classrooms and the principal's room, Ecole Sapotille.
- Partial financing of a footbridge to secure the children's way to school, Ecole Evangelique Dupin.
- Building cost subsidy for the construction of a canteen building and fitting-out of the school yard, Ecole Bon Berger.
- Building cost subsidy for the start of the new school building, Ecole Communautaire Dupin.
- Construction of a new classroom, upkeep, furnitures and massive doors, Ecole Notre Dame de la Mercie.
Help for the Poorest of the Poor
Fatalities, the sudden loss of the breadwinner, old age and diseases: In Haiti you see a lot of suffering everywhere. Haitihilfe Heinz Kühn e.V. supports a few of the poorest families and some elderly and sick people. As only a few people can be supported with a monthly amount of 10 to 20 US dollars, we work very closely with our Comité on site. They know all the inhabitants of Port-Salut and know what families are particularly in need. We currently support 15 of the poorest families and 40 orphans and elderly or ill individuals.