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.
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.