2O12 Annual Report
Letter from the Founders... Our involvement in Haiti has evolved over the years. Initially, we were focused on helping one elementary school in Jérémie. However, after seeing the impact made to the school after successfully providing purified water and basic electricity, we expanded our mission to help other schools become more viable because this offers a better and safer educational environment for the students. Most schools’ abilities to teach are severely handicapped due to lack of electricity, clean water, proper sanitation, lack of books, and many other facilities that schools in the USA would consider “normal”. These issues run rampant throughout Jérémie causing the local economy to struggle and yielding very little prospects for employment. Due to the high unemployment rate, many students move to Port au Prince for better opportunities. In an attempt to alleviate this situation, Tek4Kids decided to incorporate computer education into local schools to train students to have the job skills that would qualify them for employment after graduation. Also, we are planning a job placement program that would match the skilled labor upon graduation with businesses from abroad that could open departments in Jérémie to help jump start the local economy. In October of 2012, we simultaneously opened our first two computer labs at St. Louis High School (grades 7 thru 13). Our curriculum focused on the introduction to computer technology, typing and Microsoft software. We were amazed to watch the students file into the computer labs for the first time and see the laptops. It reminded us of Christmas morning when our kids were young – eyes all focused and faces filled with wonder. This is the reason that we do this work – for the kids. The more time we spend in Haiti, the more our hearts and spirit are drawn into understanding and assisting them. The Haitian people are very resilient and stay positive and friendly despite so many problems and natural disasters they have encountered. We have developed many close friendships and really enjoy our time working in Haiti, especially learning the language and the customs. Our volunteers that have traveled there have all gained experiences that transformed their lives completely. We are very excited about the difference that Tek4Kids is making in Jérémie and the prospects for the students’ futures. Please take the time to learn more about Haiti, our mission, our projects. Please consider volunteering – locally or in Haiti. If you cannot volunteer, you could also help our organization by providing financial support. 100% of your donation is applied directly to our programs in Haiti and will allow us to adopt additional schools in the future.
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Why Education and Technology...
St. Therese Montessori
Brother Paulin School
St. Louis High School
St. Jean Bosco
Our Board of Directors and Our Staff
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - St. Francis of Assisi
Our Mission... “Our mission is to use education and technology as sustainable tools to facilitate positive changes in impoverished communities. By striving to give young people the opportunity to free themselves from cyclical poverty, we work towards our ultimate goal of helping to secure the success of future generations.” By educating young Haitians with technology, we give them the tools used all around the world in an effort to help them break the cycle of poverty affecting them. Because we partner with existing schools in Haitian communities, we avoid unnecessary brick-and-mortar expenses. By introducing computer technology to the schools the overall effectiveness of the school is enhanced, as the administrators and teachers also learn how to access and use Tek4Kids’ curriculum and the students receive an improved education. With a better education we help combat the high illiteracy and unemployment rates, so this not only improves the future of the students, but the town of Jérémie as well. We believe this is the most sustainable and lasting approach to alleviating the problems in Jérémie because it focuses on the long-term future instead of just a temporary solution.
Tek4Kids is different from other nonprofits not only because we focus on sustainability, education and technology, but also because every dollar donated to our organization is applied directly to one of our projects in Haiti. The founders cover all of the administrative and overhead expenses, so 100% of your donation goes exclusively to improve the schools and education in Haiti.
Why Haiti... We decided to work in Haiti because it is one of the least developed countries in the world and desperately needs the help of the international community. It is the poorest country in North, South and Central America. Haiti currently ranks at 158 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI), followed only by African countries and Afghanistan. The HDI is a general measure of the quality of life in a country, taking into account education levels, income, health protection and other socio-economic indicators. The total population in Haiti is approximately 10 million people, which is slightly more than the population of metropolitan Chicago. More than one-third of the Haitian population is 14 years old or younger. Life expectancy averages 62 years, which means that Haitians live 16 years less than US Americans. 37% of Haitians (and 45% of rural areas) have no access to potable drinking water sources. 83% of the population has no appreciable sanitary access, with 90 % in rural areas. Almost one in five Haitian infants is underweight. The literacy rate in Haiti is approximately 52.9 %. About 60% of the people in Haiti live in extreme poverty, which is defined worldwide by a daily budget of less than $ 1.25. The unemployment rate in Haiti is estimated to be around 60 % as well. Counting only fully and legally employed individuals, the estimates are considerably higher. With approximately two-thirds of Haitians dependent on small-scale subsistence farming, the countryâ€™s vulnerability to hurricanes, flooding and other recurrent climate-related disasters presents crucial challenges. The GDP per capita, which names the average income per year and person, amounts to approximately $600 to $1,400, depending on the source. In the United States, the average income is roughly 50 times as high.
Why Education and Technology... We decided to focus our work on education and technology because our experience tells us that this combination is a very effective way to sustainably transform an impoverished community. The diagram below represents some of the fundamental dynamics in the Haitian cycle of poverty. As the image shows, Haitiâ€™s stagnant economy is due to many factors. Taken together, they pose a daunting challenge.
Tek4Kids is very excited because our mission interacts directly within, upon, and against two crucial dynamics at work within the Haitian cycle of poverty: 1. IMPURE WATER Clean water is necessary for general health and to protect against water-borne diseases and organisms. We are proud to help provide clean water as part of our mission. When Haitian children and their families use water we provide, the number of illnesses goes down significantly and even the child mortality is reduced. Tek4Kids has strategically placed water purification systems in three of our schools. This purified water creates and sustains the conditions for learning while at school. In fact, children often carry water back to their families after school. Both children and their families are impacted by this part of Tek4Kidsâ€™ mission. 2. INADEQUATE EDUCATION With good water available at school, Tek4Kids is able to develop the next target in our mission: using technology to improve the educational process. We have installed two computer labs at St. Louis High School (with plans to install additional labs in our other partner schools). Also, we developed a basic curriculum teaching typing and Microsoft Word with plans to implement other software instruction in the future. By incorporating computer technology in our partner schools, this greatly improves the opportunities of the students to find jobs after graduation.
We are very excited about the difference that Tek4Kids is making in the schools in Jérémie and the prospects for the students’ futures. Currently, we are working with four schools in the Jérémie area: St. Therese Montessori, Brother Paulin School, St. Louis High School and St. Jean Bosco. In keeping with our mission we have focused on our two main objectives: water purification and incorporating technology into education. To date, we have installed water purification systems in three schools (St. Therese, Brother Paulin and St. Louis) and are planning our fourth installation at St. Jean Bosco in the fall of 2013. Since the systems became operational, Tek4Kids has provided more than 400,000 gallons of purified water to our schools. Gallons of Water Purified Since 2011 300,000 250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 0 STM
*Note: SJB currently under construction
Likewise, our kickoff to incorporate technology into our partner schools began in the fall of 2012 with the installation of our first two computer labs focusing our curriculum on introductions to basic computing, typing and Microsoft Word. Capitalizing on the tremendous success of our technology program, and after discussing trends in education and technology with veteran advisors, we are pleased to announce the launch of our newest pilot program: our Apple iPad© initiative. This program is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2013. The iPad© is sweeping and transforming education in the US and we plan to present this new way of learning to our schools. We are currently designing courses that will be used to teach the elementary and high school students. With the implementation of this pilot program, our students will have access to a powerful tool that will enhance their education and, in turn, transform their lives.
St. Therese Montessori St. Therese Montessori School is located close to one of the poorest areas of JĂŠrĂŠmie, Haiti. Serving 288 students aged preschool through the 4th grade, St. Therese focuses its teaching methods on the individual needs of the students. Because of this style of instruction, it is one of the most successful schools in the area. This project started as a pairing between the school and the Cathedral of the Assumption through the Parish Twinning Program, but Tek4Kids joined their efforts in order to help provide even more services to the school. Improvements made to the school include the introduction of electricity to parts of the school and the installation of a water purification system in 2011 to provide the students with clean drinking water. Clean drinking water is also distributed every day to each student so that they can take it home to provide to their families as well. Because of the enhancements made to the school, St. Therese Montessori was able to secure additional funding from another nonprofit who provided them with flush toilets and hand washing stations on the school grounds. Currently, St. Therese is seeking funding from various sources to construct an addition to the building in order to add 5th and 6th grades to their school. Once the construction is completed, Tek4Kids plans to install electricity and lights in one of the new classrooms and prepare the room for a new computer lab.
Brother Paulin School After hearing about the successful water purification system that we installed at St. Therese Montessori, the headmaster of Brother Paulin School, a school located in downtown Jérémie, asked Tek4Kids for assistance. Brother Paulin is one of the oldest schools in Jèrèmie and was founded in 1877. Brother Paulin School provides general education for over 400 children from preschool age to 6th grade. Many families have difficulty paying the annual tuition of 460 Haitian Dollars ($55 US) and are supported by the school as much as possible. Due to this struggle with poverty, this school is in urgent need of sustainable long-term support to provide a healthy and productive learning environment. Since partnering with Brother Paulin in 2011, Tek4Kids has made many improvements to the school including the installation of a water purification system, construction of a security wall behind the school, and the routing of electricity and lights to the principal’s office and one classroom. Also, we are currently assisting another nonprofit to install latrines on the school grounds. Upcoming projects to support the school this year include the installation of a computer lab, water jug fill station, additional water distribution points, part time teachers to facilitate our iPad© initiative. We are also seeking other nonprofits to assist in remodeling the kitchen and cafeteria to improve the poor sanitary conditions of the existing facilities, and improvements to the school yard to provide a safer environment for the school children.
St. Louis High School St. Louis High School is one of the most reputable high schools in the Jérémie area and serves grades 7-13. It provides secondary education to about 400 students between the ages of 10 and 19. The Director and several teachers approached us requesting assistance with the development of their school. Along with the installation of a new water purification system and electricity for some classrooms in the school, we introduced computers into the school for the first time. In 2012, Tek4Kids installed two computer labs with a total of 56 laptop computers each equipped with Microsoft Office Suite 2010©. Three teachers are currently providing basic computer education to the students, many of whom had never been exposed to computers before. The curriculum focuses on an introduction to basic computing, typing and Microsoft Word with more advanced computer training to follow in the upcoming semesters. It is our goal that the students will receive the job skills necessary to increase their chances of finding better employment upon graduation. Along with providing computer education to the students, Tek4Kids developed a “Teacher Training Program” that began in January of 2013 and will continue through May for a total of 72 hours of free instruction in basic computing. We were amazed at the turnout of this program as we had 48 teachers enroll. We plan to offer additional classes for teachers every fall and spring semester. In the fall semester, we plan to incorporate Apple ipads© into the school curriculum where they will be used in many ways: the students will actually have electronic “books” to read; they will hear the correct pronunciation for English and French words; and to better understand math concepts and problem solving.
St. Jean Bosco St. Jean Bosco was founded in 2007 with the purpose of removing children from the streets of Jérémie, enabling the poor to attend school, and as a means to combat delinquency, violence and insecurity in Haiti. The school serves grades 1-6 and has 188 students currently enrolled. Parents who can afford tuition are asked to pay 1400 gouds per year (about $33 US). Many can only afford to pay only $2 per year as many of the parents have nothing at all, not even underwear for their children. In an effort to encourage parents to enroll their children in the school to keep them off the streets, many free services are offered by the school such as a daily lunch program and access to dental exams and medical care when ill. St. Jean Bosco also provides free school uniforms, tennis shoes and books for all of the students. Tek4Kids decided to become involved with this school because of the many disadvantages that the youth face and wanted to help provide them with better opportunities. Most of the children who attend St. Jean Bosco have never had the opportunity to learn basic skills such as using a pair of scissors so the school also provides instruction in areas such as basket weaving, embroidery and making crafts. Recently a team of our volunteers, led by Cathy Boice, mentored an “Artists in Action” workshop making homemade beads with the younger children, many of whom had never used a ruler to draw a straight line before. Tek4Kids has upcoming plans to install a water purification system for the school in order to provide the school, the children and their families with clean water. Also, we are planning to install a small computer lab housing 12 laptops before the beginning of the next school year. By providing the students with knowledge and training in technology, it will give the children a better chance to find employment once they finish their studies in order to support themselves and their families.
Our Board of Directors
Gary Boice President
Cathy Boice Vice-President
Barbara Gilbert Keith Grieshaber Secretary Treasurer
Shannon Fehr Chair, Media and Public Relations Committee
Our Team in the U.S.
Rhonda Rogers VanDyke Development Director
Our Team in Haiti
Baba Langder Project Manager
Max Chaurant Water Purification Specialist
Francklyn Etienne Water Purification Specialist
Nancy Hibbard Curriculum Development Director
Jean Renol Josselin Computer Technology Instructor
John Wally Pierre Computer Technology Instructor
Financial Statements ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS
Cash & Cash Equivalents Inventory
$ 203,705 $ 450
$ 6,233 $0
$ 1,070 $ 1,070
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts Payable Total Current Liabilities
Our Partners Tek4Kids would like to thank all of our partners! We could not accomplish the work that we do without your help!
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