Education is critical to the success of any community. However, education is a major challenge in Morne Pelee, our partner community in Haiti.
Despite laws requiring free and compulsory education for all, more than 80 per cent of schools in Haiti are privately run and the education system is poorly regulated. Most parents cannot afford the school fees.
For children who do attend, the schools in Morne Pelee are small and dilapidated and teachers need more training. Math and reading skills are very low and there is a high dropout rate resulting in juvenile delinquency and early pregnancy.
How can we respond?
The best way to make a difference is to sponsor a child in Morne Pelee. Child sponsorship empowers children, their families and the entire community to help break the cycle of poverty. Click here to find out more.