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Posted Dec 1st, 2016

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,

I recently returned from Haiti, and there’s someone I’d like you to meet.


This is Christi. She’s four years old, and a preschool student enrolled at the newly opened Father Jeri School. Neither of her parents had the chance to receive an education, so knowing she has this opportunity gives them so much hope for the future.

And that hope is thanks to you.

Your support is creating so much more than meals, books, and classrooms — though it is certainly providing for all of those essentials. Your donations are seeding hope and prosperity in Haiti. For students, parents, teachers, and the entire community of Ti Plas Kazo.

imj-3-year-old-teacherMarie also spends her days at the Father Jeri School, as a teacher for the youngest children, aged three. I wish you could see her enthusiasm — it’s infectious! Marie joined the Father Jeri School because she believes in its vision to prepare these young children to become successful leaders in the community. She sees herself as an agent of positive change, for her students and for her country.

During this holiday season, please help us support more students and teachers at the Father Jeri School.

  • $1 provides lunch for a student or family member.
  • $25 buys a school uniform.
  • $100 pays for books and supplies for the year.
  • $350 covers the cost of a year’s tuition for grades K–5.
  • $500 pays for a student in 6–8th grades.

The Father Jeri School is reaching the end of its first semester, and already it has had a strong effect on Ti Plas Kazo. Na Rive tells us that the school has become a cornerstone of the neighborhood. The students and teachers are filled with excitement and positive energy. Parents are hopeful and reassured. And the entire community now has a space to come together — to connect, to learn, to share a meal, and to take shelter from the aftermath of the storm.

Over the last 16 years, the What If? Foundation has stood alongside our partners through the devastating earthquake of 2010, political turmoil, drought, disease, and now the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to your donations and Na Rive’s devotion and resourcefulness, we are able to provide immediate and effective relief. We will always respond with our partners in times of crisis. But our mission runs much deeper than that.

Together, we are standing with Na Rive and all Haitians as they build the strength and resilience to thrive, no matter what comes their way. 

We’ve always appreciated the wisdom of the Haitian proverb and our motto: piti piti na rive. Little by little, we will arrive. Seemingly impossible problems are rarely solved with sweeping solutions. Change happens one child, one meal, one family, one school, one community at a time. With your support of the Father Jeri School and Na Rive’s longstanding food program, lasting change is happening in Ti Plas Kazo. Every single day.

It’s with gratitude in our hearts that we continue our mission. We hope you’ll continue to join us.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with gratitude and hope,


Suzanne Alberga
Executive Director