August-September 2016 Bright and beautiful, youth-education partners go forward
Sticking Up For Children's youth-education partners in Haiti and New Orleans continue to grace us with their determined progress. Maryse and I visited Haiti between September 20 and 27 and saw beautiful steps forward by the Ecole Pour les Enfants and College Canapé-Vert in Port-au-Prince and Ecole Youpi Youpi in Cayes jacmel.
What accomplishments staff and students continue to make despite very limited means!
We're also delighted by the participation of children and parents in our latest Music & Arts Day at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, September 17, and by the program offered for this Autumn by the Kuumba Institute for its weekly students.
College Canapé-Vert has graduated more than 20,000 students since it was begun by Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck-Paul in 1974. Mme. Paul continued her school during the second Duvalier regime and even as she served as Mayor of Port-au-Prince between 1986 and 1989. She and her sister, Miche Balin Dejean, began a publishing-house during a subsequent embargo against Haiti through buying their own printing-press. Currently she authors a four-language
textbook that's distributed to students across Haiti in annual runs of 110,000 copies.
Here she is in Le Nouvelliste's 80th-brithday profile of her in April 2016. Click on image to read the profile by Claude Bernard Sérant.
College Canapé-Vert had to be rebuilt after the January 12, 2010 earthquake devastated much of Port-au-Prince. Four stories now are complete, with a rainwater reservoir that provides the
College with potable water. More than 300 students attend the school, Monday to Friday,
and additional classes and book-making groups meet on Saturdays.
College Canapé-Vert offers classes in Dance, Music, and plastic Arts to its students. Here
are five-year-old students performing in the College's newly opened auditorium last July.
CCV has recently opened a Salle Multi-Media. Last Satuday, Sept. 24, Jonathand Saintine, a teacher at Ecole Pour les Enfants (EPE), the companion school to Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants,
crossed Port-au-Prince on via tap-tap truck-taxi so that he could advise CCV's new IT person about 3D printing, Today, October 1, marks the first collaboeration between EPE and CCV in
making 3D-printed objets d'art. Haitians do what they need to do!
Here's one blackboard, loaded with lessons in French, at College Canapé-Vert.
Ecole Pour les Enfants (EPE), the school that's companion to the Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants orphanage (FEPE) in Port-au-Prince, teaches more than 150 students. It's done so since August
WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. (The "power company" is not providing service in EPE'S part of the Delmas district.)
Admirers of FEPE orphans' art may remember Oliver and his fine work with postcards and drumsticks-as-art. Here he is among his class of teen-aged peers at EPE.
Here is Oliver's teacher beside a blackboard that relates in French the beginnings of Microsoft computers, circa 1975.
Here, right to left from their persepective, are Nadine Bourciquot, Principal of EPE, with Claudine Aimé and Jonathand Saintine, two of the teachers trained in 3D printing by eNBLE at Healing Hands of Haiti last May and June.