Haiti Hope House's mission is clear: Help Educate the children and Provide Totally Free Vocational Skills Training to the young adults.
To that end, in collaboration with HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International)
we identify children in the Mizak community who are not able to go to school or stay in school because of economic
reasons, such as this boy to the far right struggling to keep this big basket on his
head, following his mother to the market; or this young boy seen working in the field
in the picture below it.
Being in Mizak, HAPI is able to help point out the most needy children who are either in their Children Peace Pals program (see picture in title), or in the community at large and who are unable to go to school because of economic hardship.
Others children recommended by members of the community are also taken into the program. Though most of the children are Peace Pals kids, it is not required that a child is a member of Peace Pals to participate in the program.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Rev. Aguilh on behalf of Haiti Hope House's Board of Directors, committed to pay the tuition for 25 children from different schools. Some began the school year but could not complete it because their parents could not pay the tuition to keep them in school. Other parents did not have the money to send the children to school in the first place.
For the 2012-2013 school year, HHH has paid the tuition for 52 children, including many first timers, and also donated some money to the parents to help with other school expenses such as uniforms. And this commitment is not a one year event, but can extend up to 9 years, until the child completes his/her primary classes (6AF).
During his latest trip in March 2013, Rev. Aguilh visited many of the schools where the HHH's kids attend. He spoke with the school's Principals about the children about HHH's commitment and dedication to their education.
Below are some pictures of Rev. Aguilh's visit with the children at their school.
These beautiful children attend the "Ecole Cherubin du Creac." Haiti Hope House pays the tuition for twelve (12) children at that school (one was absent on the day of Rev. Aguilh's visit).
These children on the right attend the "Ecole Bon Berger
Mixte de Bazin." Haiti Hope House pays the tuition for seven
(7) children who attend this school. One of them was absent
on the day of Rev. Aguilh's visit.
The adorable children below with their principal, Mme. Solande, attend the pre-school "Les Canards de Bonica." (the ducks of Bonica) Haiti Hope House pay the tuition for two (2) of these children. Aliante, in the back raising her hand, and Rosederline, the first one on the right in the forefront. HHH is committed to pay their tuition for the next six years, a total of eight years, if they do not repeat a class, until they complete primary school (6th grade).,
The young lady above, on the right, is Wilkina. She is one of the two students in the program attending secondary school. Though Haiti Hope House's resources are limited to support the children only until completion of primary school, because of the very difficult family situation of these two young ladies, Rev. Aguilh and his wife have become their sponsors. She is attending IPEPH, a Catholic school, the most competitive school in Mizak. She is in 7AF (7th grade). As these situations continue to appear, HHH is hoping to be able to find sponsors for such children.
The children posing with Rev. Aguilh on the right
attend the "Ecole Nationale de Musac" and all are
supported by Haiti Hope House.
Here are the three children supported by HHH who attend the "Ecole Congregationiste de Lauture," another competitive Catholic school, with their Principal Madame Margalita M. Laroche, and Rev. Aguilh. The beautiful girl on the far right (left of Mrs. Laroche) is Frantzcesse, and according to Mrs. Laroche is a star, an all A student.
During each trip, Rev. Aguilh also meet with the parents to
assure them of Haiti Hope House's support for the long run,
and also encourage them to play an active role in their
children education. On the right is a picture from that gathering.
In collaboration with HAPI (Haitians Artisans for Peace International, and Living Media International, Haiti Hope House has so far offered two classes on Electricity & House Wiring taught by Rev. Aguilh: BSEE, MBA, PMP, MDIV, two classes on
Project Management, and two classes on Basic Computer Skills.
A total of 27 young adults, men and women, including 6 young women received a Electrician Assistant Certificate.
The training involved theory, hands-on practical applications, including troubleshooting techniques and problems resolution.
In October 2011, Rev. Aguilh, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) completed a three weeks, 60 hours, class on Project Management, resulting in the granting of a Junior Project Management certificate to 15 participants, including 5 women.
In the course of teaching the Project Management Class, Rev. Aguilh discovered that many of the participants lacked the basic computer skills required to apply their PM knowledge effectively. So in collaboration with the organization Living Media International, he returned to Haiti in February 2012 to do a training on Basic Computer Skills using laptops that he left behind after completion of the class so that the students can continue to practice the skills that they have learned. A second Basic Computer Skills training was offered in September 2012. A total of 33 young adults, including 10 young ladies, graduated from these two classes.
In March 2013, because of continued demand, Rev. Aguilh offered a second Project Management class for the young adults in collaboration with Living Media International. Fourteen (14) young men and women attended this class and upon completion received a Junior Project Management certificate.