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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 15, 2016, The Fitzgerald and Wendfeldt families hosted our 5th annual fundraiser for Institut Edeline. Sixty guests attended and showed great support for our school, helping us attain our goal of achieving $25,000 from our "Matching contribution campaign." Many children were present, with a few of them outstanding performers: Tommy Regan, Kennady Tracy and Catherine Fitzgerald. Silent auction items included a beautiful Longboard surfboard, shaped by Miles Morris and a custom made electric guitar by AJ Debellis, among other valuable items. Seventeen students and two teachers from Institut Edeline are now newly sponsored thanks to the Fitzgeralds and Wendfeldt families.
Hello friends and supporters!
We are in the midst of a very exciting matching campaign. The big fundraiser is occurring this weekend but leading up to it we are spreading the word about our exciting goal, asking for your help in getting there. We have a few donors who are willing to match the amount we can raise!
We have set the goal to raise $25,000... meaning we would end up with $50,000 to contribute to our kids in Haiti!
Here are the facts:
- We have already raised $10,000
- We need $15,000 more to meet our goal
- If we can get $25,000 we will have a grand total of $50,000 once our donation has been matched
Thank you so very much to our contributors and to those who are willing to help us spread the word. Thanks to you we are able to keep our school standing strong. We are able to educate and care for these children who otherwise would likely not have another opportunity.
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