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After-School Program

“My favorite part of being in the after-school program each week is the chance to be a part of such a great community.  I think it is important to do well in school but also to learn how to respect other people, which is what we are learning at this program.  I hope to make my community proud after I finish school.”  – Madeline, age 15


  • 265 participants
  • A variety of classes offered including the popular “life skills” class, driver’s ed, and exam preparation tutoring
  • The 98% pass rate among the students receiving What If funded scholarships is attributed to the support provided through this program


Run by our partners, Na Rive, this after-school program offers children and youth the opportunity to develop new skills and deepen their academic learning throughout the school year.

This unique and highly valuable program offers children 8 to 14 years classes in computers, English, French, sewing, music, and “life skills”, as well as occasional classes in cooking and various arts and crafts. Students 16 and older are offered classes in computers as well as tutoring in physics, chemistry and mathematics to help the students prepare for the state exams required after the 12th and 13th grades.

Jean-Marie Noel, who is well-respected and appreciated for his work coordinating the education programs, wrote the following:

“For a long time I have been directing programs which support the development of young people in Haiti. Haiti is a poor country, and young people do not get much support. Right now, young Haitians from eight years up especially need more support. I put this after-school program within their reach to help them become more capable and to learn some skills which will allow them to support themselves in the labor market.”