Spotlight on Education: Jeunise Guillaume
Jeunise Guillaume continues to defy enormous odds in Haiti, where the enrollment rate for primary school is 57%, and fewer than 30% of those students ever reach the sixth grade (UNICEF). According to the World Bank, more than 200,000 Haitian children are not in school as a result of long distances required to travel to the nearest school, a lack of quality-trained teachers, and the small but unaffordable cost of uniforms and school supplies. Read below to hear how Jeunise continues to beat the odds using her own intelligence, self-resilience, and just a little support from Hope for Haiti’s Education Program. This month, we are kick-starting our Jump Back to School Campaign by raising $10,000 to send students like Jeunise back to school with all the supplies needed for a successful year.
In the face of numerous life challenges, Jeunise stands out among her peers for the tremendous pride she has in her community and for her determination to advance her life through education. As the first member of her family to graduate from high school, Jeunise took an active role in the development of her community’s school years ago. At age 12, she participated in the construction of the first formal classrooms built in her community. As a high school student, Jeunice helped work at her school garden to supply food for her school lunch program. When asked why she felt so determined to help, Jeunise told us “I did it for myself, for my little brothers and sisters, and for my country.”
After graduating from high school last year, Jeunise was offered a college scholarship through Hope for Haiti’s scholarship Program. She tells us, “My heart jumped in my chest when I heard the good news. All of a sudden I saw my dream to become an agronomist becoming a reality.” Jeunise is enrolled in the Agriculture Science Program at the Seed International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (SITA) in Les Cayes, Haiti. Now a university student, Jeunise is more confident about her future, and she hopes to use her education to help boost agriculture and reforestation in her community.
You can help girls like Jeunise beat the odds in Haiti by supporting Hope for Haiti’s Jump Back to School Campaign. Just $5 provides one student with all the supplies needed to start the school year on the right foot!
Sak Pase: Hope for Haiti Happenings
Thank you to everyone who attended our 8th Annual Pub Crawl! Your participation helped us to reach our $10,000 goal to provide 20 Mobile Clinics in rural southern Haiti! We would love to hear your feedback on this annual event. Please click this link to take a short survey so we can make the Pub Crawl even better in 2019!
Save the Date! Upcoming Events
Our 8th Annual Food Packing Party will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 8:45am. Register today to help us raise $20,000 to pack and ship 75,000 meals during an emergency in Haiti! During this fun-filled, kid-friendly event, your help is essential to pack all the meals. Any extra meals will be donated locally to people in need in Collier County! Children’s admission is FREE and adults are only $10! To register and learn more about the event, please click here. Sponsorship opportunities can be downloaded here.
Join us October 18, 2018 in Stamford, CT for our annual Harvesting Hope Celebration. This year, we will celebrate 30 years of creating hope and opportunity in Haiti. For sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Join Hope for Haiti for the 1st Annual World Diabetes Day 5k in Les Cayes, Haiti on November 14, 2018! Organized by Hope for Haiti’s medical staff, this event is family-friendly and includes free diabetes screenings. To attend or sponsor, please email email@example.com.
Save the Date! Our 30th Anniversary Celebration Event will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Ticket information coming soon. For sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the Save the Date.