Quality Education

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. Daily hot lunches are a part of the school offering, and are often the only meal these children received. In 2006, a new, two-story school building was built.

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.

Key Educational Highlights To Date:

  • Today, the school has over 600 children coming from a fifteen-mile radius to attend classes from pre-school (3 and 4 year olds) through 9th
  • For the last two 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.
  • Since 2007 Educational Workshops have become an annual exchange between educators here in the US and the teachers at St Paul’s.
  • St Paul’s School built a playground for the three years of Kindergarten offering the only secure playground in the region’s schools.

Looking Ahead

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, St Paul’s will become solely a primary and secondary school offering superior and nationally recognized education from 1st year kindergarten through 9th grade. Students will be ready to join the much-improved high school in Petit Trou. The high school students will continue to use St Paul’s campus as a resource for tutoring, computer skill development, and spiritual support.

Fully 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 $350. This leaves a funding gap of $152,000 to cover the tuition for 434 children.

E-Connectivity:  Linking Petit Trou to Education Opportunities from Across the Globe:

We will develop and grow the St. Paul’s campus into an Educational Center of Excellence for the Southern Peninsula of Haiti.  A key step to achieving this important strategic goal is creating access to electronic learning (e-Learning) technologies and opportunities. $25,000 – $50,000 (tablets, audio-visual equipment, structural upgrades, and educational programs for downloading) will kick start this program to support the school and our vocational and health programs.

Why CHP – Why Now

For 25 years, the Colorado Haiti Project has worked to build an effective partnership with the community of Petit Trou. Our geographically focused commitment to one community has allowed us to holistically serve the needs of this region of over 30,000 people. This is an exciting time for CHP and our Haitian partners. Please join us on our continuing journey to create a prosperous, healthy, educated, and empowered Petit Trou community that is forging its own path to sustainable progress and development.