Education is Key to a Better Future
To date, quality, widely available education remains one of Haiti’s most daunting challenges.
Though the Constitution requires that a public education be offered free to all people, the Haitian government has been unable to fulfill this obligation. It spends about 10% of the federal budget on the country's elementary and secondary schools.
A quick Wikipedia search shows:
- Nearly 33% of children between the ages of 6 and 12 (500,000 children) do not attend school
- The climbs to 40% for children ages 5 to 1
- Close to 60% of children drop out of school before receiving their primary education certificate
- While the mandated age for entering grade 1 is 6, the actual mean age is nearly 10
- Students in grade 6 are on average almost 16, which is 5 years older than expected.
- The majority of schools in Haiti do not have adequate facilities and are under-equipped
- Some 58% do not have toilets
- 23% have no running water
The great news is: you can make a huge difference from afar.
By sponsoring a child at $35.00/month, you place our served communities on a track out of poverty and into a better future.