Dear Hope for Haiti Family, 

Each year as summer fades into fall, students and teachers prepare to return to the classroom. Through Hope for Haiti's Back-to-School Fund, supported by the proceeds of the annual Hike for Haiti Challenge, students are empowered to succeed with all the supplies they'll need for a year of academic achievement.  Because the 2019-2020 school year faced significant disruptions from political unrest and COVID-19, schools in Haiti began a staggered relaunch on Monday to make up for lost instruction time. 

Ensuring the safety and health of the students and teachers is of utmost importance as the school relaunch begins. This requires the purchasing of materials that were not budgeted for in our Back-to-School Fund, such as masks for students and teachers, enough school supplies for each student to have his or her own set (no sharing), and the construction of additional desks to comply with social distancing requirements. 

Your gift today to this special appeal will make a direct impact in keeping students and teachers healthy:

  • $4,500 will provide one school with all of the materials and support the students and teachers need to safely relaunch classes
  • $1,000 will provide four schools with COVID-19 modification training for teachers and school directors
  • $500 will provide five COVID-19 relief hygiene kits to families
  • $100 will provide one Community Health Worker with a month's stipend
  • $50 will provide one family with a clean water filtration system
Donate Now to Help Students and Teachers
Through your support, students in Haiti can safely learn, rise, and thrive. Stay tuned to future editions of this newsletter for stories and pictures from these first weeks back in the classroom!
YOUR Impact in Action: Clenat Lynda (above), a teacher at a Hope for Haiti partner school, previously received a direct cash transfer and education resources she could use while schools were closed this spring. Clenat and her daughter are both returning to the classroom as part of the school relaunch.

Edwidge Danticat on Back-to-School Traditions

We sat down with renowned author Edwidge Danticat last fall to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a new school year, and the traditions she remembers most. Her words still ring true today as families prepare for a return to school amidst the pandemic. 
Read the Interview

On Resiliency in the Face of Life's Challenges

COVID-19 has impacted our global community and our country in so many ways. Routines have been disrupted, many people are now working remotely, families are trying to balance childcare with all their other responsibilities, and the health of our loved ones is at risk. In this unprecedented time of crisis and stress, we at Hope for Haiti would like to share some of what we have learned from times of hardship and upheaval. In this article, first published on Greenwich Magazine Online, our Education Program Director, Jean Ronald Jocelyn, shares what makes Haitians resilient and some lessons we can adapt for our own lives as we go through this time of uncertainty.

Read the Article

Save the Date! Upcoming Virtual Events


'A Bid of Hope' Virtual Auction (October 22 - 26)
Hope for Haiti has traditionally held two galas each year to raise critical funds to support our poverty alleviation programs in southern Haiti.  Over the last 30 years, we have had experience with challenges, natural disasters, political and civil unrest, and now COVID-19.  We are excited to announce our first-ever online auction, which will be held from October 22 through October 26 at 5pm EST. Stay tuned for more details! For partnership opportunities, please email stephanie@hopeforhaiti.com
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