Education: Konbit

Konbit is a Haitian word that translates “to come together for the community.” The Konbit (education) program was started in 1996 to give the children of Petit Trou de Nippes the opportunity of primary and secondary education at an affordable cost. The first classes were held in a lean-to with chalkboards separating classes and children sitting on benches. In 2006, a new, two-story school building was built and has served as a keystone of the community ever since. 

Funding St. Paul's School

 

Each year we supplement the tuition collected from students at St. Paul’s. Tuition is set at $85 per year and approximately 75% of students can actually pay that amount. The actual cost of each child’s education is $300. This leaves a large funding gap that CHP is able to help fill along with the support of our amazing donors and partners. Funding is provided to the school on a per child basis. This funding is then managed by the administration in order to pay for teachers’ salaries, supplies, and other additional costs. We stand by this method of sponsorship in order to give the power to those who know best: the individuals who work and live in this community. 

 

Key Educational Highlights To Date

  • Today, the school has about 300 children coming from a fifteen-mile radius to attend classes from pre-school through 9th grade.

  • For the past several years, all the 6th and 9th graders at St Paul’s School passed the national exam earning the school a Certificate of Excellence from the Haitian Ministry of Education.

  • St Paul’s School built a playground for the Kindergartners, offering the only secure playground in the region’s schools.

  • St Paul’s middle school students have entrepreneurship and agriculture lessons in their curriculum. These lessons have interactive elements that allow students to build skills that may be directly applicable to their future livelihoods.

Immediate Impact of Quality Education

  • Education improves a child’s potential for better economic opportunities.
  • Education helps delay motherhood, thus improving the chances for infant and early childhood health.
  • Education aids the entire family in critical thinking, fundamental math skills necessary for daily financial interactions and improved agricultural outputs.