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Posted Jun 7th, 2017

Dear Friend of the What If? Foundation,

Spring is graduation season all over the world. But in Haiti, very few children have the opportunity to finish school. Half of Haitian children do not attend school at all. And of those who do, 60% don’t make it to sixth grade given the low number of schools and high tuition costs.

That’s why providing children with educational opportunities is central to the work of Na Rive and the What If? Foundation. And it’s one of the reasons we are so grateful to you.

Since 2001, you’ve helped 1,989 scholarship students pursue an education at schools around Port-au-Prince. Students like Katty, who is now a licensed accountant and has come back to work at the Father Jeri School.

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“I am grateful to every single one of you who have helped fund my education. Having the opportunity to graduate and find a job was possible because of you. There are many children in this neighborhood with big dreams just like me. They can help build a better future for Haiti.” 

Katty Pamphil – Accountant at the Father Jeri School and Past What If? Scholarship Recipient

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Last year, the opening of the Father Jeri School transformed Na Rive’s capacity to provide education for the children of Ti Plas Kazo. As you’ll read in our 2016 Annual Report, 188 students are preparing to celebrate the end of their first school year at the Father Jeri School. This is a very special moment in our history which we couldn’t have achieved without your support.

 

But there is still much work to be done. Setting the school up to succeed is our number one goal and these first few years are a critical time for the future of the school and its programs.

While Na Rive works tirelessly to ensure the school is up and running, there are many areas in need of support. Funding for scholarships and salaries is imperative to bring more students and teachers into the school. Classrooms are in need of more textbooks and supplies. Unreliable public electricity means a generator is essential to an uninterrupted school day. Resources to cover gas, water, and transportation costs — all of which are very expensive in Haiti due to lacking infrastructure – are necessary to keep things running. And expanding the curriculum one grade at a time, so that the school can soon prepare students all the way from Pre-K to high school, will tremendously increase Na Rive’s ability to equip these children to create their own future.

Invest in the future of the Father Jeri School and its students.

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Make a donation today.

On behalf of Na Rive and all our friends in Ti Plas Kazo – the children and families at the food program, the students, teachers, and staff at the Father Jeri School, and the graduates working in the community – we send you our sincere and heartfelt thanks. Your compassion is changing lives, transforming a community, and making a meaningful difference in Haiti.
With gratitude and hope,

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Suzanne Alberga
Executive Director