Helping Literacy to Enable Dreams in Haiti
For Not Just One Child…But a Nation
Imagine being immersed in a country and culture where you cannot read nor write the common language. Now imagine sitting in school where the teachers do not speak your native tongue, so though you wish to learn, you have difficulty understanding what is being said and feel unable to communicate this lack of comprehension. The frustration of wishing to learn, but not being able to, is not hypothetical, this is precisely the situation in Haiti today, where millions of children are unable to learn due to the lack of books, materials and educational classes in their spoken language of Creole.
HALO, has made it their goal to shed a little light and
literacy into the situation. One of their objectives is to publish keystone
educational textbooks where students can learn by using their native tongue of
Creole. A text to teach English to
Creole speakers is a small part in Halo’s library of educational, and motivational,
books in Creole and English.
Halo is excited to work with Beaudelaine Pierre, a native of Haiti, and a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota to be the principal editor of this text. Ms. Pierre has a master’s degree and has written and published 4 award winning books in Haiti. Ms. Pierre speaks four languages, Creole, French, English and Spanish.
Halo is setting up IN HAITI, a publishing company that will be self sustaining to print this and many other books at a much lower cost than publishers outside of the region. This has never been offered before, and would help to offset the often unaffordable costs of any books but especially those in the native language of Creole.
In a country of 10 million people, where perhaps half cannot read nor write, it is crucial that educational opportunities in their native language of Creole, be made available to them immediately. HALO has worked for nearly two years to complete these first bi-lingual Creole and English texts and additional motivational and discipleship books.
Reading and writing are not luxuries; they are necessities that every world citizen ought to enjoy if they so desire it. Thousands of children in Haiti are without this right and are standing on the brink of altering their futures forever thanks to one organization that has been moved to inspire change in the way of education.
Although HALO’s main focus is to build a library of Creole translated books as well as to provide books for each interested child to learn English and Spanish, we also sponsor several secondary and university level students to complete their education. See all our sponsorship and mentoring activities on our website at www.halolearning.org.
By supporting the literacy of children in Haiti we are supporting a new world, one where every voice can be heard and every heart has the ability to share their deepest dreams and visions for a better world. We have no idea how changing the life of even one child could alter the future of the world, let alone changing the fate of an entire country.