Education at St. Paul’s School
2012 – 2013 School Year Budget: $150,000
St. Paul’s Episcopal School is in one of the poorest and most remote areas of Haiti, where virtually all are desperately poor. In 1996, Colorado Haiti Project pioneer Marti O’Dell and Father Octave La Fontant began a fundraising drive among St. Paul’s Parish friends and supporters in Colorado to start a primary school. Over time the school grew from serving students in three or four outdoor classrooms to the construction of a two-story school building.
Each year the school continues to expand, now serving students from preschool through 10th grade. This year we will provide scholarships for nearly 700 children attending the preschool-10th grade. It is quality education that helps a child up the bottom few rungs of the ladder they need to climb to make their way in life. Education is the clearest escape from the debilitating poverty that dehumanizes too many kids in Haiti. We choose the Creole word KONBIT for the program support of St. Paul’s: Konbit means “coming together to act for the common good.” We think Jesus would like Konbit, if he knew Creole—maybe he did!
We are raising money for the present school year ending in August: one child’s annual sponsorship is $300; and a class sponsorship is $3,000 to $6,000. Both go to resource the students with good teachers, daily lunch, books & supplies. In Haiti, nearly all public and private schools charge tuition, and so the poorest of the poor are most often denied access to the benefits of an education. Thanks to Konbit sponsorships at St. Paul’s School, the families around Chevalier and Petit Trou de Nippes have an opportunity to send their children not only to school, but to one of the best schools in the region. All students are welcome to benefit from and join St. Paul’s, regardless of religious affiliation — St. Paul’s is a community school.
A single sponsorship is $300
A class sponsorship is $3,000 to $6,000
Please contact our office for more details 303-938-5021 or donate online.
Together we help sustain a welcoming environment, where hope for a better life is real, because access to a good education is real.