The goal is to get loaded school backpacks to 3000 kids in Cavaillon!
Tony Bboursiquot's report from Haiti
As planned, we are now ready to carry out the second humanitarian intervention in Cavaillon with school supplies to help 3000 children who are going back to school.
This intervention will help them get back to school by providing them with a complete school kit consisting of a backpack, 9 notebooks, 2 pens, 2 pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, a ruler, and a set of geometric instruments. Each kit costs an average of $ 30; this is the cost that we bear for a parent affected by the earthquake who has only one child to send to school but for those who have several children they will benefit several times more from $ 30 for assistance.
Without a doubt, this is one of Star of Hope's humanitarian aid that they are most hoping for. We initially thought to provide a larger school kit estimated at $ 48 but since the funds available are less than we expected, we had to reduce the content to lower the price of a kit to $ 30
The 3,000 backpacks and 3,000 school supply kits that we ordered a month ago from our supplier were delivered today.
Backpacks before they are loaded
These school kits will be transported in a large truck to Cavaillon (today) Friday, October 15 to be distributed to the children of parents who were victims of the earthquake of August 14. These kits will be given to 3,000 school-age children in emergency aid to facilitate the sending of children by parents to start off the school year. The school year started on October 4 in the South of Haiti. We had to give this emergency aid last Saturday but as the delivery arrived a week late, we had to postpone the date of this intervention to Saturday of this week.
But nothing says that this will be easy or even possible because it is always dangerous to cross Martisant by vehicle or on foot in order not to be a victim of acts of kidnapping, looting, theft, or murder. The armed gangs occupy the exit of Port-au-Prince to the south as reported before. Once again, I ask you to pray for the safety of the driver and the school kit truck to arrive safely in Cavaillon on Friday, October 15th.
We will welcome three groups of children in three different distribution points, a group on the sports field at Passe-Clos on Saturday 16th, a second group on another field at Matineau on Sunday 17th, and a third group in the schools of the sector on Monday 18th. All the students live in close proximity to Cavaillon.
Planning at Port-au-Prince
With the help of two local associations, a program rich in dance, songs, games, and welcome will be organized on this occasion for the children who are all traumatized by the frightening and disastrous effects of the earthquake of August 14th. As the sports fields are very sunny, we will set up tents to accommodate them in the shade. we are not going to put them online as we had done for the parents, they will be received in an appropriate and attractive environment for the children.
The third humanitarian aid intervention will be the second round of food package aid that will take place on the first Saturday of November. The last humanitarian intervention effort will be the housing project, we hope that the funds will be available for this project which is the most important project of the overall humanitarian plan that we have proposed for funding.
We work with a group of architects who are experienced in building rural houses that are more weather resistant. If the funds will be approved for the last intervention in Cavaillon we will delegate the task of execution to this group of architects so that the project could have a better impact on the life of the population of the district and of those who will benefit from it.
Thank you for your help and prayer and special thanks for the fundings
that we are using to carry out 3 first priority emergency humanitarian interventions (food package 2 times and back to school kits supplies)
The goal as in earlier distributions (above photos from earlier) is to make the kids happy, feel loved and have the equipment they need to learn.
End of Report
What a report, please pray for the team, men, and women to be safe during the trip.
Tony talks about the need for more school supplies and that is something we are working on now.
However, more food packages are needed too. The kids need to have good food to learn. Below you can give one food package if your heart or your mind makes a decision to help.
We are asking, can you help just one family?