Our Work with Students
The cost of an education varies, depending on location and grade level. In rural Haiti, tuition can be as low as $100 annually for an elementary education, but close to $1,200 annually in the city. Tuition for a secondary education (high school) begins at $1,000 annually and can climb to $2,500 in the city. University education and professional training expenses are between $3,500 and $5,000 each year.
According to UN statistics, the average annual income in Haiti is less than $800, making the expense of tuition, uniforms, and supplies beyond the reach of most families. Fewer than 30% of the children who begin their education, complete it, leaving the country with a literacy rate just slightly above 50%
For A Reason partners with families at various stages of a child’s education and is particularly concerned for children who are in danger of being removed from their school to begin work as domestics in the city or as laborers in fields.
We work closely with each student’s family to verify progress and encourage their support of the child’s educational journey. We value the relationships that develop with each family and student and consider them an important factor in student success.
Our impact To date
We have partnered with over 100 students since our beginning just 8 years ago. Of those students, we have accompanied 14 through graduation from a myriad of different university and professional training programs.
Currently, we are accompanying 52 students in active engagement through our scholarship program ranging from preschool through university.
Our Work with Schools
Teacher Development Trainings
Did you know that a well-educated faculty can affect over 700 students during the course of a teacher’s career? In 2015, FAR partnered with the University of Redlands to provide a teacher development program which has served more than 17 schools and 100 teachers. We equip teachers to address the challenges of their classrooms by providing intensive week-long course work in basic child development, learning theory, and educational strategy.
Each week-long experience is funded by FAR and provides alll necessary materials to incorporate fresh ideas and strategies. Funding also allows teachers to stay on site for the week, making their 1-2 hour long daily travel unnecessary and fostering team building experiences.
Goats and Gardens
Thanks to a collaborative effort between local US churches, schools and Partners in Agriculture in Haiti a “Goat and Garden” project is flourishing in one school and in developing stages at another. Considered a model project for others rural schools, the project produces more than fruits, vegetables and healthy livestock. It is an opportunity for the school community to come together, work together and learn about effective practices for family subsistence farms and animal husbandry. The school community also celebrates the harvest several times each year.