With life still so fraught in Haiti, I am sure you are all concerned about our friends in Ti Plas Kazo. I am happy to report a few rays of hope.
The Fr. Jeri School reopened its doors on January 6th, having managed to close for only two weeks during the height of the crisis. This is in stark contrast to most other schools in the country, who didn’t have the stable funding to keep paying their teachers while so much of society was in shutdown. Thanks to your enduring support, Na Rive not only maintained a safe space for students and teachers, and kept the food program going; they also maintained the livelihoods of the entire staff during an incredibly difficult time. We are so grateful to you, our dedicated donors. You make such a difference in the lives of this community!
But by no means is Haiti out of the woods. This is what Na Rive’s Program Director Lavarice Gaudin shared with me last week:
“Things are still dire: politically, economically, socially. The Haitian police have finally figured out how to control the violence on the streets, so there are fewer barricades and no-go zones. The political opposition has also stopped targeting schools, so that makes a big difference for us. More students are returning to their studies each week. Things are calmer, but we never know for how long. New dangers like kidnapping are on the rise and people are demanding the government to beat back this darkness. The next few months will show what the future holds. In the meantime, we keep helping the children one day at a time — finding ways around each challenge when we face it. But none of our work would be possible without the What If Foundation and its generous donors.”
Help Na Rive keep shining their ray of hope, come what may.
Haiti’s future is uncertain. But the future of Na Rive and the families they serve is clear: they will move forward. They will overcome. They will shine through whatever darkness they face. Your contributions keep that light shining bright. Thank you for holding hope in your hearts.
With determination and love,
Interim Executive Director