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A Finished Kitchen!

A Finished Kitchen

By: Brett Hoffman

A 2008 study titled Indoor Charcoal Smoke and Acute Respiratory Infections in Young Children in the Dominican Republic found that the use of biomass burning stoves such as coal, wood and other natural materials, caused an increase in acute respiratory infections among 201 children from households using charcoal burning stoves in the Dominican Republic. Read more about this study at: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a8a9/1514cffc6fb12cb7cea0b59ea6ae92ec7847.pdf 

We a proud to announce that our new kitchen is in full force! Here at Institut Edeline we take pride in the health of our teachers, students and cooks. In years prior to our modern kitchen, our cooks began developing acute respiratory infections that are commonly associated with cooking with biomass fuels. Luckily, by the grace of our sponsors and support from people who want to see positive change in the health of our community, we fundraised enough money to build a modern kitchen that doesn’t use charcoal fuel. Our cooks are now in better health and have a wonderful space to provide nourishing food to the students and teachers.

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Re-purposing Arts & Crafts

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Re-purposing Arts & Crafts

Re-purposing Arts & Crafts

By Brett Hoffman

Did you know, Haiti’s central government collects only 40 percent of the capitals garbage? The rest is left to pile in the streets and neighborhoods. Luckily in 2015, various entrepreneurial firms stepped in to combat both blight and poverty by rewarding citizens for recycling with cash! Find out more about this interesting endeavor at https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/04/28/recycling-helps-clean-haiti-create-new-income/XZWFJPd4NtOcpabBWoLryM/story.html

The country is getting cleaner but it is up to us to continue teaching the benefits of recycling to our younger generation of Haitians. Here at Institut Edeline, we teach our kids through a creative process the ideas of re-purposing waste. Summer camp isn’t all singing and dancing… We strive to teach our students about the importance of saving our planet through the use of recycling and re-purposing items that would otherwise be waste. What better way to teach the lesson of re-purposing than through arts and crafts! The students love getting creative with used materials. The kids use egg cartons to make cardboard flowers, a lamp made from plastic cups, and sun faces from paper plates! Stay tuned for more posts to come!

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2018 Haitian Summer Camp!

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2018 Haitian Summer Camp!

More summer camp fun here at Institut Edeline! Todays activities include arts and crafts and a fun warm up for sports with dance, jumping jacks, and group song accompanied through follow the leader. Singing and dancing together is a great way to learn! We pride our students on their energy and creativity throughout these hot summer months. Institut Edeline is a summer oasis that provides education, community, and love! More posts to come soon! And be sure to follow us on Instagram too!

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2018 Kindergarten Graduation

Congratulations to the Kindergartners at Institut Edeline. They are moving on to the first grade. We look forward to watching the students grow and mature, becoming good citizens in their community. 

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Day 1 "Winging It"

Day 1

Winging It

by Kendall Munk

“Ready?” Stephanie asks me. I nod, pick up the basket of crayons, and begin the short journey down the center aisle. Flanked by 20 or so kids on benches, I move toward Maggie, who faces the class, and is just now winding up the first chicken presentation. Maggie, like me, is the new volunteer with Project Edeline. Unlike me, Maggie is a practicing classroom teacher from Oregon. Our assignment is to introduce chickens to the school. For now, passing out crayons is my first task, on my first morning, on my first day in Haiti. A day of firsts. Distributing crayons feels just about right. Will there be enough crayons for everyone to color in the outlined baby chick? “Good,” says Steph, handing over the crayons to our interpreter, taking my arm, and leading me out the doorway. We pass the office/nursing station/blue ice chest (where precious chilled water bottles are kept especially for our group), to an adjacent classroom where 25 plus faces all turn in unison to face me. “Your turn,” says Steph, nudging me forward. “Introduce yourself.” A quick hesitant breath, then I flap my wings and chicken strut down the center aisle, past the kids on benches to the front of the classroom. I am now winging it! Rochelle, my suddenly materialized interpreter, doesn’t miss a beat. We begin role playing. We act out happy vs. sad chickens. My intention is to make a connection between happy (healthy and stress free) hens and better egg production, versus unhappy and inverse. Time goes by too quickly. It is lunchtime for the kids. Rochelle and I pantomime happy chickens leading the chicks off to lunch.

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Pen Pal Letters from the San Diego French-American School

  Thank you to the French-American School in La Jolla and Marion Addo's 7th A and B classes for their thoughtful letters to the students at Institut Edeline. The students at the French American school were very curious about lifestyles, activities and interests of the Haitian children. They will soon find out when the students from Institut Edeline in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti answer their letters. Curiosity is a key element in learning and education, and we hope that these two groups of students learn from each other and maybe someday get to meet each other. Thank you, French American School for your global giving and healthy curiosity.

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Hens at Institut Edeline

We are so grateful for our new hens here at Institut Edeline, again a big thank you to greater good for their help in funding this project! The Students now not only are learning more about husbandry and caring for the hens but also have a sustainable, daily source of protein in their diet. Enjoy these photos showing one of our students collecting eggs and working with the hens in the coop. 

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Girls Voices for Change

This year at Institut Edeline some of our girls worked on short films for the Greater Good's Girls' Voices for Change campaign. You may ask why these videos are only directed by the girls, well, more than 62 million girls are not in school and in the movement to bring change to education, girls’ voices are often left unheard. Through the Girls' Voices program, girls are given the tools to share their stories and fundraise for their education. So far, 111 girls from 9 countries have been awarded scholarships through this innovative program. The program helps the girls learn how to use their voice by encouraging their empowerment and growing their confidence. They learn new ways to express themselves, and had the opportunity to create something they cared about. Each of the girls also earned $100 for creating the films; this money is used as a fund for them when they leave our school, to be used on furthering their education. Close to 100 girls from eight countries — including Bonaire, Haiti, India, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States participated in the contest. One of our girls, Sherlie Cameus, at Institut Edeline was a memorable finalist. Through their videos and photographs, the girls told their stories of the barriers and challenges that girls from around the world must overcome to attain an education.  

It can take a lot of energy, planning, improvisation, and devotion to create a safe space for young people to create meaningful work and we feel so proud to be able to give this to our students and make sure all our students feel proud of their work. To continue to attend Institut Edeline these students need help from sponsors, sponsoring them for $300 provides them with a whole year of growth. Check out our contribute page to see how you can help! 

Here are a few of the videos, the first one titled "Cheri" was created by Sherlie Cameus 

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Institut Edeline gets hens for much-needed protein from their eggs each day

Thanks to Greater Good, the students at Institut Edeline now have hens which add a valuable daily source of protein to their diet. Having these hens and their fresh eggs at the school provides nourishment that they didn't have available before. Now their diet includes a sustainable source of protein. The students also have playful, hands on experience learning how to take care of the hens so they can live healthy lives as well. The children learn about the care and maintenance of the hens as a part of their new curriculum. Animal husbandry could be a career path for some of these students as well as general knowledge for housing hens at their family homes. 

This month we will be participating in #GivingTuesday , We hope to have donation that will lead to more exciting projects like these. Our goal is to have 50 students and 5 teachers sponsored by November 28th. Give your support and click on our contributions page to get started. 

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Help with Disaster Relief items for Institut Edeline

Institut Edeline has now survived three major hurricanes and continues to stand tall, a real "beacon in the community" and now ready to help out in case of future disasters. The small community of Croix de Bouquet is one of the poorest communities in Haiti. When disaster hits, the neighborhood freezes, unable to function for days. Clean water, food and hope are all in demand. With your help, we can store up disaster relief items that will help mobilize the community and restore their hope, until help arrives. 

Please Help Us Help Haiti with your support or donation. 

 

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Summer at Institut Edeline

We have had a busy summer at Institut Edeline in Haiti. Children attend the school in June and July with a different, less structured curriculum. Besides all the arts and crafts, singing, dancing, water toys and soccer, the children learned about the importance of recycling. Although recycling as a country does not yet exist, we are teaching the children to look closely at what they consider trash and see if there is another purpose for it. 

Last year during our medical physicals field trip, Caleb Aero painted beautiful murals on the walls of the classroom and demonstrated some of his recycled art work on hats. The idea caught on and the teachers embraced the message that many things can be used again and again. See the picture of the lamp attached made out of plastic spoons.

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Girls Voices

Girls Voices for Change (inspired by Greater Good) is an empowerment project to help teenage girls find their voice in the community and teach leadership skills. 

Eight girls from Institut Edeline submitted their entries to Greater Good. Through these projects, the girls learned how to use all forms of digital media, giving them journalism, interview, and speaking skills. They then submitted their pieces for potential academic scholarship. One of our students, Sherlie Cameus was a finalist!

 

 

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Recent Haiti fundraiser at the Potamianos Home!

June 25, 2017: 90 attendees gathered to support Project Edeline. All previous hosts of our events were present and they were all presented with beautiful Hawaiin leis and big Haitian hugs. The event also funded two special projects at Institut Edeline: build a basketball court and re-build the kitchen. Thanks to all the supporters the school continues to thrive!     

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McKinley School in Pasadena

This week we were invited to McKinley school in Pasadena to tell Edeline's story and add a new sister school to Institut Edeline. The students at McKinley School are very interested in making a difference. They had suggestions such as sending letters and pictures as well as Skyping with our students at Institut Edeline. We also discussed bridging the global gap on education. Sharing curriculums with each other would help achieve this goal as well as bringing more culture to their learning experiences. 

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Educating Students in the Garden

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Educating Students in the Garden

This February the teachers at Institut Edeline educated the students about the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Tending a garden teaches many healthy behaviors that are hopefully also shared in the student's home life. Using gardens as outdoor classrooms, the children learn valuable lessons about nutrition, and the environment. Haiti has experienced many ecological challenges from deforestation, soil erosion, and the ravages of natural disasters. These lead to critical environmental situations and it’s important to educate students on how to take care of the land and their bodies. These organic fruits and veggies they have grown are fresh and plentiful filling up many tables in the classroom. There's a wonderful sense of accomplishment from watching these vegetables to grow. 

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Dresses from Idyllwild

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Dresses from Idyllwild

Thank you to all our wonderful ambassadors of Team Edeline in Idyllwild. Dress A Girl Around the World is an international program, designed to make sure that every little girl has one new dress. The dresses are hand delivered by individuals or organizations traveling to underprivileged countries. It is not so rare that there, a dress is the only new piece of clothing the girls have ever worn. This January we were able to bring many dresses to our school in Haiti. Idyllwild has a very active group that usually makes and sends out three hundred dresses every year. Thanks to the women who handcrafted these colorful and unique dresses, each of the girls at Institut Edeline were gifted a handmade dress made in Idyllwild, California. 

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Girls Voices

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Girls Voices

On January 8th, 2017 we worked on a project with a small group of girls at Institut Edeline in Croix des Bouquet, Haiti. Girls Voices is a project created by Greater Good, that helps young girls find their voice and strengths to communicate their vision and dreams for their education through the power of digital media. During our work on the project Girls Voices, we talked about empowering girls to become leaders in their community. We also talked about photography versus videography and its use in telling a story. While answering questions about their lives they learn to capture the light and create good composition. They may be able to make a living from filming and photography or telling a story like a journalist. Haiti needs strong female leaders to speak up and be heard. After the third take the girls were noticeably more confident through their posture and voice projection. Looking over what these girls had filmed, they were all very supportive of each other and critical of themselves. They thought about what they would do different next time and how to improve the quality of telling their story.  

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Educational Toy Gifting

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Educational Toy Gifting

On January 7th 2017, thanks to our many sponsors and donations, we handed out over 150 educational toys to the students at Institut Edeline. Every student received a toy that was theirs to keep. The goal was for these students not only to practice cognitive thinking and learn new skills but also teach someone in their home how to use the toy. Toys such as building blocks, rubix cubes, legos, checkers and puzzles of the world were just some of the items given out. Such simple games brought so much laughfter.

 

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Alice Cash Gathering

July 10, 2016 Alice Cash and her family hosted a lovely gathering at their home to benefit Insititut Edeline. Close friends and relatives attended to support the school and learn more about Project Edeline. They also enjoyed the beautiful and talented voices of San Diego performers pictured here with Edeline and Isemene.  Alice was recently in Haiti for a month interning at Institut Edeline, creating a live stage performance with the students. They recreated Haitian folklore, learning and acting under Alice's directorship. Alice previously helped out at the Haitian embassy during the 2010 earthquake at a call center for emergencies. She was relieved to help out this time in a different manner.

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Trip To Haiti

On May 18, 2016, Team Edeline travelled to Institut Edeline in haiti to conduct the first ever Medical physicals on all the students. 135 physicals in all were completed, with plenty of items to follow up with, but for the most part the children were fairly healthy. Now their medical charts have been started and we will continue to conduct annual physicals and record their physical growth and progress. Our volunteer physician had the nicest compliment saying, "the students at Institut Edeline all appeared loved and cared for; the rest is easy." Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped out. 


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