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'School Everywhere' Recordings Are Done!
Mme. Franck Paul Receives the Prix Rochombe.
Project HOPE street-signs give a lift
in New Orleans and Haiti.
Jonathan Richman's new song for students in
English, French and Spanish
and two songs by Kenton Hulme.
David Amram remembers Jack Kerouac's
favorite recitation of Victor Hugo.
Marie-Jo and Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants
adopt another infant and prepare more food,
goods, clothing and books for the holidays
Big accomplishments and acknowledgements conclude
the year 2020 for Sticking Up For Children and our
Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul on November
20 received the Prix Rochombe for her decades of work
in educating Haitians. More than 20,000 have graduated
College Canape-Vert in Port-au-Prince since Madame
Franck Paul founded the College in 1974. She and her
sister Miche Balin Déjean funded construction of a new
College after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
Our biggest news of this November--COMPLETION of
recording all 25 Modules and Lessons from Madame
Franck Paul's textbook for first-year students in Haiti--
so that these recordings may be turned into an App for
mobile devices and thereby conveyed to any student,
anywhere, who wants to learn in French, Haitian Kreyol,
English, and Spanish--that "tree-mendous" fulfillment of
promise by Madame Franck Paul and her team of teachers,
technicians, and students--we'll leave to the last of this
Don and Maryse with HOPE sign and Isabelle Jacopin's "Little Music Maker" painting.
Jonathan Ferrara of a leading Gallery in New Orleans, his
associate Pat Jolly, Maryse Philippe Déjean, and journalist
Claude Bernard Serant combined to bring signs of hope--
literal street-signs of HOPE--from New Orleans to Haiti.
Jonathan began to create last May the series of photos--
now many hundreds in number--to counteract senses of
loss and paralysis from COVID-19's effects on society. He
Students such as these ay College Canapé-Vert
contributed to the 'School Everywhere!' recordings--and also excelled in Haiti's national
David Amram adds to his playing of instruments of the Western Hemisphere and his expositions in French--a remembrance of Jack Kerouac reciting a
favorite passage from Victor Hugo!
Jonathan Richman and friends such as Jake
Sprecher brought us a new song in three
languages--English, French, Spanish--for
students in Haiti! The song's title is"I Can't Shift
(Oh, Yes, You Can!)"
Students such as these at École Foyer Espoir
areamong those creating art and excelling in
Haiti's national exams!
The likewise great Madame Marie Jose Poux--"Marie Jo"--
stands among supplies for the Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants
(FEPE) orphanage that she founded in late 2009. The
orphanage grew from 13 to 34 in the following year, as
it absorbed children left homeless after the January 12,
FEPE residents and EFE students are one. Their progress
amazes us, as the staff as both institutions amaze us.
The photo above was taken in Marie Jo's apartment in the
Ashé Cultural Arts Center on November 21. Supplies are
again under way to FEPE by truck and ship!
Of all the great, big news that Sticking Up For Children
has to share, toward close of this Year of Trials 2020, the COMPLETION of recordings of the 25 Modules and Lessons in Madame Franck-Paul's 243-page textbook for first-year students across Haiti, Mon Livre Unique, speaks most for perseverance and game-changing breakthroughs.
Now it's done. Month after month the team of students,
teachers and technicians has worked. Despite "the COVID"--despite shortages of food and outages of electricity--despite schools being closed between March and September--the team has pressed on.
Below is a sample of the team's work during August--when it's hotter in Port-au-Prince than even New Orleans.
You can review for yourself our Months of this year. Good
things went forward from January on. The Concert honoring Kidd Jordan, the Days honoring Tim Green and
Germaine Bazzle, the excerpts from Haiti's 1805 Constitution, the support from Boukman Eksperyans, Alex de Grassi, John Sinclair, Cole Williams, Frey Vineyards, Kavanaugh Farr, Jim Van Dine, Dave Meggyesy, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Angela King and
her Gallery, Ken and Melba Ferdinand, and many, many more and sometimes by their choice anonymous, ... but nothing realized over the past 12 months so speaks to the greatness of people and their reaIization of aspirations as the team of a score or so at computers and mics completing their project.
It can bring Universal Literacy to Haiti, as Madame Franck
Paul and other of our partners have worked to achieve.
Its model can bring Universal Literacy to every place and
every language. At last the digital universe can bestow a
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