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progress and patience.

Published January 19, 2014.

Time for an update on our activity in Haiti. Thanks to Director Rock, Accountant Edelyne and Education Coordinator Edwige, as well as Miss Nahomie, Teachers Alta Gracia, Roselaure and Amenika, and English Coordinator Gladimy for all of their work to keep things running on the ground.  My Creole is still VERY minimal, so I have become a big fan of Google Translate!  It has helped create communication options for me.

Primary School:

  • 47 totalstudents
  • 12 – second grade
  • 20 – third grade
  • 15 – fourth grade.

All the uniforms were made on time, and the distribution happened during the first school week. Each student received one new uniform. Most of the materials (pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, geometric instruments, books, chalks …) were bought and distributed during the first three school weeks, and each student was given materials related to their grade.  As for equipment, a blackboard, three desks for the teachers and curtains for the new classroom were bought and set up during the first school week.

The students were tested in several subjects:  geography, history, math, French, Creole and natural sciences. On December 20, 2013, the report cards were given to the parents during a meeting between the teachers and the parents.  66%  (31 of 47 students) passed the first term exam.

Food Program/Canteen:

The Food Program/Canteen began on November 4, 2013. Since then, the students have been receiving a meal every afternoon from Monday to Friday. The food consists of rice or corn meal, bean sauce and meat. According to an interview with the students and the teachers, the Canteen is very helpful, because some of the students do not often eat at home in the morning or after school. It also has a positive impact on the students’ regular attendance at school.


English Institute:

  • Averaging 30 students each week.
  • Classes – Monday-Friday.
  • Teacher Gladimy is working to have a great school in the community.
  • Extra money from classes helped buy a new battery and gas for the generator to provide electricity in the orphanage/school.

The progress has been such a blessing!  Thank you to all of the incredible donors that have made this possible!

We continue to have needs…just yesterday, I posted this request on our Kozefò Facebook page…

Needs: first aid supplies, water for students, laptop/internet

And within 24 hours, two people stepped up to coordinate the efforts of restocking the first aid supplies, and another (not having seen the request) approached me about assisting with providing clean water to the students.  So, I continue to trust…to seek God’s will in next steps….to follow my heart.

It is not too late to help…if you would like to contribute to the purchase of a laptop and securing internet access…or support the efforts around providing water daily to our students, please contact me at or donate directly on the website at

Posted on June 11, 2017 and filed under School Update.

september 2013 visit.

Published September 2013.

back to school prep…in port au prince

School supplies have been donated and packed up.

Photos from classrooms at L’etoile Du Nord French Immersion have been printed and are ready to be shared with teachers.

Flights are confirmed.

Airport pick-up is set.

Luggage is packed.

I am so excited to see the boys at the orphanage, the school children and the staff!

Thanks to all for encouragement and support.  It truly takes a village.

All I need now is prayers.

productivity x 3.

It has been a complete whirlwind these past three days. I am both physically and emotionally exhausted…but in the very best way.  Roberson and Cynthia picked me up this afternoon, so I will spend the night at the guesthouse…share dinner at Pizza ‘Amour! (sounds delightful) and attend church with them in the morning before flying back home.

With the fatigue I am feeling, it may be best to let the pictures do the talking.  Thank you so much for the prayers for productivity…they WERE felt!watched a little tv with the boys (yep, Soul Surfer in French), delivered new flip flops ( tennies were too big for now), interviewed new students, hung out with ANAC School kids, met with ANAC teachers, observed an English Lesson with Jean Janel Toussaint, met with Accountant Edelyne, coordinated efforts to begin the English Institute with Gladimy, listened to the boys sing “Juanito” songs with neighbor Eddy, hung out with these sweet ladies…Miss Nahomie and Miss Rosita, painted two rooms and organized a bookshelf, hired a local man to weld our broken chairs and paint ALL of the school furniture, hired a new teacher for grade 4, ate delicious Haitian food, practiced my Creole and their English, helped the boys call their families in the US, and said farewell for now.

Posted on June 11, 2017 and filed under Haiti Visit, School Update.

books for haiti.

Published June 14, 2012.

Great news.  The French books arrived today!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of family and friends, (in response to my “needing books” request) I will be transporting 230 books in my suitcases this weekend to create a classroom library in Port au Prince, Haiti.  You have no idea what this means to me…and what it will mean to the teachers…and to the eager readers at ANA Primary School!

They currently read paper workbooks with pictures to color and text below.

The joy of reading is such a gift…and it will be so much fun to share these new books with the kiddos.  Huge amounts of gratitude go out to the individuals that donated towards this effort…I could have not done this without you!  Additional money was used to to pay for the shipping costs to have them sent from Canada, to purchase collapsible fabric bins for storing the books, as well as to help pay for my extra piece of luggage. Mesi! Mesi! Mesi!

It truly takes a village…and I am blessed to be a little part of this plan.


Posted on June 11, 2017 and filed under School Update, Fundraising, Donations.

partners in education.

Published December 11, 2011.

Many of you know that Haiti has become a special love for me. My sister’s two sons from Port au Prince sparked an interest years ago, and I just never really knew how to give back to a nation that continues to need support.  This past summer, my daughter Breelynn and I spent a month living in the orphanage where the boys had been raised.  We simply lived life among the people of Haiti and ended up teaching an English class to 35+ Creole and French speaking children.  Upon our return to the US, we became involved with a group of other interested individuals that were already working to support the orphanage and the school program in their site.  One thing led to another and I have joined in the development of a nonprofit called Partners In Education.  I recently returned to Haiti to further this endeavor, interviewing students in the primary classes, observing/supporting the adult English Institute and working alongside the Orphanage Director and the Program Directors to planteacher training and further develop the educational system in Haiti.  Our first initiative is to fully fund the current programming, and then to expand into additional schools.

Schooling in Haiti is vital to the growth and development of a nation.  Currently, all schools are private and many children do not have the opportunity to attend school without the support of donors.

Check us out here!

Posted on June 11, 2017 and filed under Thoughts on the Journey, School Update.