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.
Many people are unaware about what a nonprofit actually is. A nonprofit is a type of organization that does not earn a profit for individual purposes. An example of nonprofits are charities. There are nonprofits all over the world and many different reasons as to why they are started. The most basic reason why people start a nonprofit is to make a difference or to benefit society. Here are some fun facts about nonprofits that you probably did not know:
· There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organization in the United States
· Each year more people donate to nonprofits. In 2014 the total amount people gave to charities and nonprofit organizations was about $358 billion.
· A nonprofit is a public organization so a single person does not own it.
Here are the 5 simple steps given on how to start a nonprofit organization:
1. Do your homework and research
2. Build a solid foundation of the organization
3. Fill out and file incorporation and state forms
4. File for federal tax exempt status
5. Continue with ongoing compliance
For more details on how to start a nonprofit visit:
Haiti is known for their coffee, cocoa, coconuts, avocados, plantains, oranges, limes, mangos, corns, rice, beans, and bananas. One of the popular and traditional dishes of Haiti is Bannann Peze, otherwise known as fried green plantains. Plantains are very common to eat during any lunch, dinner, or snack. It can be served as a side meal or even as an appetizer.
- 3 Green Plantains
- 1 tablespoon(s) Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon(s) Salt
- 1 teaspoon(s) Garlic Powder
- 1 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tostonera (Plantain Press) (can use a bottom of a mug as a substitute)
- 1 cup(s) Hot Water
1. Heat the oil on medium-high in a deep fryer or frying pan
2. Peel the plantains and cut them each into 5 equal pieces
3. In a different bowl add the hot water, vinegar, and salt
4. Place the cut plantains om the hot oil for about 5 minutes or until the plantains are lightly brown
5. Remove the plantains from the oil and flatten each of them in a tostonera
6. Soak the now flattened plantains in the cup of hot water and then carefully place them back in the hot oil for another 5 minutes
7. Remove the plantains from the oil and put them on a paper towel to drain out the excess oil
8. After excess oil is drained serve hot and fresh!
For more Haitian Recipes and traditional cuisines visit:
Jamesley Cine is one of our students at Institut Edeline in Haiti. He was born with club feet, a deformity preventing normal ambulation. He would get around on his knees or was piggybacked by his parents and relatives. He recently underwent a surgery just a few months ago by Dr. Paul Munk, Pediatrician located in Toronto, ON. The surgery was very intense, cutting his achilles tendons to release the tightness, preventing his ankle from bending. It was successful and Jamesley is now able to walk. He remains in the US at this time until all therapy is finished, then return to Haiti and Institut Edeline. The doctors say that he will be able to run and play with the other children, which is something he only dreamt of. A special thank you to Aunt Ann, Edeline's aunt for being by his side here in the US during his experience.
WTOL 11 reported about Jamesley's story. Please enjoy the video by clicking on the link below.
Thank You Team Edeline for all your support in Haiti. Today marks an important day at Institute Edeline as they celebrate the graduation of the 2nd Kindergarten class at our school. This is a big deal in Haiti as many of the children who are fortunate enough to attend school will only see this level graduation. Parents take the day off work and attend this 3 hour ceremony and of course a celebratory meal! Thank you for all your support and help!
Last week the Bishop's varsity volleyball teams hosted a fundraiser for Project Edeline! During the match there was a bake sale, music from DJ Felix Mayorga (Alex '20), a backpack collection, an exciting volleyball match and a welcome from Stephanie and Edeline.
Volleyball coach Jackie Bernardin says, "What amazing support we had for a great cause! Thank you to the families who brought baked goods, backpacks and made donations; to Felix for DJing; to Gretchen Cash '15 for organizing; and to the players for gathering pledges and playing. And thank you to Byron, Stephanie and Edeline for coming! We are proud to help provide health care, nourishment and educational opportunities to a community in need."
Last week we had 4 eager Team Edeline members make their way out to Haiti! They were welcomed with open arms and many, many beautiful smiles. While in Haiti Team Edeline conducted dental health workshops for the kids. Thankfully, prior to the visit they received hundreds of generously donated dental supplies to distribute to the children. These workshops offered an introduction to a new dental hygiene lifestyle for many of the kids. A BIG thank you to those who generously donated supplies!
The local San Diego Girls Impact soccer team donated soccer cleats, balls, jerseys and more to give kids at Institute Edeline a chance to play and enjoy the sport they love. It is so awesome to see youth get involved, let us know if you have any ideas for new ways for young people to be apart of Team Edeline!
Come out and join us on Friday, April third to enjoy the musical stylings of Kasondra Kazanjian and Branden James!
Yesterday a cousin, Saurel Olrich, of Edeline arrived in late afternoon from Miami to help us celebrate her birthday. They had not seen each other in several years as Saurel is a pro soccer player and former Haitian national team player. He is famous in Haiti for scoring the historic goal that allowed Haiti to beat Italy---a world power---a few years ago. He's on his way to play on a club team in Ethiopia and will spend a few days with us. He's an exceptional guy who speaks four languages and has played on club teams in Asia. We hope that one day he will be able to help our kids at school learn to play soccer---he is very interested in that idea. He has a fascinating story, growing up very poor in Cap Haitian, he started playing by himself by kicking spoiled grapefruits that had dropped from the tree. I think you'll see how happy his appearance made the birthday girl.
The kids got to open their new gifts this holiday season! We all had so much fun!
Last week, Edeline spoke to the high-level French students at La Jolla Country Day. She was quite captivating, as usual, recounting her history and even singing a few songs in French and Creole. Not surprisingly, they want her to return for more.