EMPOWERING CHILDREN WITH ACADEMIC AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THROUGH LEADERSHIP, SOCIAL HARMONY AND UNITED COMMUNITY. OUR PROGRAMS PROVIDE SCHOOLING & SUPPLIES, EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS, TEACHER TRAINING, TUTORING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT THERAPY.
“Education is an investment in human capital, and it can have a great impact on a nation’s growth and development.”
50 percent of children do not attend school. (World Bank 2013)
Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will abandon school before sixth grade. (UNICEF 2008)
Access to quality education remains key to Haiti’s social and economic development. The current state of education in Haiti, however, is not sufficient for the task. Surveys conducted by the UNDP indicate that Haitians who are 25 years and older received on average only 4.9 years of education and only 29 percent attended secondary school. These statistics show that a generation of Haitian youth is at risk for not having the necessary knowledge and basic skills to succeed in the labor force and contribute to the continued development of the country.
Sow a Seed holds seasonal Back-to-School Drives, distributes backpacks filled with scholastic materials and pays annual tuition for children in need through their sponsor a child’s education program. Through this program, tuition, transportation, supplies, books, and lunch are secured for the children.
- Local qualified psychologists and therapists address special learning needs by volunteering their services in doing one on one assessment sessions for children with learning challenges. Assistance and support are administered through after school programs such as tutoring and therapy building confidence in our learners and delivering substantial results.
Half of public sector teachers in Haiti lack basic qualifications and almost 80 percent of teachers have not received any pre-service training (USAID)
According to the World Bank, in 2008 teacher training schools in Haiti were only certifying 350 teachers per year, where 2,500 would need to be trained to teach all the children in Haiti.
Sow a Seed consults and engages established, certified instructors and academic leaders to enforce educational policies, and to assist in providing the necessary tools that will enable centers, schools, and orphanages to deliver excellence in teaching children. We initiate teacher training and formation as well as capacity building of key support personnel including school administrators and caretakers. Regulation and evaluations of educational standards levels are analyzed and reviewed by our volunteer consultants and institutors in order to obtain superlative results.
Haiti is faced with serious environmental concerns and challenges. Its mountainous topography has been largely deforested, which in turn has led to dramatic rates of soil erosion and subsequent declines in agricultural productivity. Demand for charcoal made from wood — the dominant energy source in Haiti – promulgates much of this cycle of deforestation and the resulting environmental degradation.
Sow a Seed helps Haiti to preserve and protect its environment by focusing on the creation of eco friendly activities using upcycling, recycling, and planting through its initiatives and plans. To combat deforestation and increase soil fertility, we have an agro-forestry program where field trips are organized for the kids to plant new trees and seeds. Our investments in Haiti aim, where feasible, to include clean energy options. Solar power has been completed for lighting and powering orphanage locations. Strategic partnerships with experts in permaculture, clean energy sourcing, sustainable alternative water management systems, reforestation and agriculture give our kids a primary nature experience that will instill them with an environmental ethic which will, in turn, inspire them to develop their own lifelong understanding of sustainability.
Our aim is to raise mindful, environmentally conscious informed individuals that can make knowledgeable responsible decisions benefiting the planet.
Educational Events and workshops focusing on Environmentalism, Health & Hygiene, and Cultural Education have also been put into place in order to shape more versatile, informed and conscious individuals. The aim is also to raise more awareness with these important issues within the community as well. These events engage, both children and outside volunteers as well our entire society and its respective leading players allowing all to partake and contribute for a collective growth.
- Environmental Awareness and Education through Initiated EARTH DAY SUMMIT and Activities
- ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP PLANTING DAY
- HYGIENE AND HEALTH EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS