Students at The French American School recently celebrated their growing involvement with Project Edeline. On Thursday, June 13, 2019 the Project Edeline Team attended an all-school assembly to share Edeline’s story and receive a donation from The French American School. During the past year, the students and faculty, under the leadership of Marion Addo, have kept Project Edeline in their thoughts and hearts. They came together to organize a book drive to help Institut Edeline start their library. They also donated laptop computers, backpacks, medicine, and first-aide supplies, and allocated funds from their jog-a-thon to be gifted to Institut Edeline for educational support. In addition, the students have connected with their friends in Haiti via a much-loved pen-pal initiative.
The students at The French American School worked hard to enhance education for the students in Haiti. The day was nothing short of special as a secret guest had accompanied Team Edeline that morning. Edeline’s cousin, Olrish Saurel, a professional soccer player on the Haitian National Team, came along with the Project Edeline team to celebrate the students’ passionate fund-raising efforts. And after all their diligent work, the French American School students were ecstatic to meet Olrish. The energy level quickly shifted to the star soccer player in the house. Olrish joined the students for an impromptu game on the field, demonstrating skills and drills of a professional soccer player. Olrish signed many autographs, one eager student at a time. While doing so, the soccer pro, who sends much of his earnings back to his community and family in Haiti, spoke to the students on the importance of team work and the power that emerges when people come together for a cause or “goal.”
We are so grateful for the support and caring attitudes of everyone at The French American School for helping us help Haiti.