Dear Friend of the What If Foundation,
This is my first time writing to you as interim Executive Director. I feel honored to connect with you directly and to give voice to the beautiful children and families in Ti Plas Kazo through this role. Today, I’d like to share some news of the critical work you support, and how the lives of the girls and boys we serve are touched by your generosity.
The first time I visited the Fr. Jeri School was at the opening ceremony three years ago. I was taken not only by how impressive the building appears in its surroundings, but by the palpable feeling of hope in the hallways. There was a sense of shared humanity to ensure these young boys and girls have a fair chance in life.
It doesn’t take much to transform a student’s future.
$35 buys a student’s meals for a month
$140 pays for books and supplies for the year
$490 covers the cost of tuition for the year
$3,500 updates the computer lab to help students learn valuable income-generating skills.
I was also taken by the hope in the students themselves. Children like Rolda Laroque, a bright and charming 11 year-old, bubbling with excitement and curiosity. It’s so clear that the school brings her refuge and joy. A safe place that opens the door to discovery, to friendship, to stability, to a future where she can reach higher and go further than anyone in her family ever has.
But Rolda’s childhood is marked by one of the most challenging moments in Haiti’s recent history. Since the protests last summer, there has been increasing political and economic turmoil. Inflation has skyrocketed and the cost of food and transportation has risen beyond what most families can afford. When I spoke to our Haitian partner last week, he shared how the increasing hunger, unrest, and violence in Port-au-Prince have created an ominous sense of uncertainty.
“These are complicated and especially challenging times. Access to food, water and fuel is becoming more difficult and there is a level of insecurity in the city we haven’t felt in a long time. Our programs are so critical now. Not only are we providing food and education, but we are also giving the community the hope and support they need.”Lavarice Gaudin, Na Rive Program Director
Na Rive is working tirelessly to put your generosity into action. When the situation on the streets forced schools to close, the Fr. Jeri School offered extra support to help students catch up and prepare for their exams. Beyond academic life, the school represents a safe place and a source of pride for the community. The education and support the Fr. Jeri School provides is the best thing we can do for the children, and for their country. As Lavarice explains:
“We do everything possible to offer a high-quality education. We look for teachers with a great track record who are also committed and passionate about our cause and we foster the same motivation in our students. We challenge them every day, because we want them to dream bigger, work harder, and rise above history.”
Join us in helping Rolda and all the children at the Fr. Jeri School create a brighter future, for themselves and for their country. Make a donation today.
You can have a lasting impact on the lives of these beautiful children and support future generations to come. Together we can keep the halls of the Fr. Jeri School filled with hope and possibility.
With appreciation and gratitude,
Interim Executive Director