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July, 2009:

June Update: Moving Forward

We want to thank you for your collaboration in terms of giving both valuable educational advice and financial support.
During June we had two teachers (Benaja and Feronel) and Chris Low go to an XO laptop training using Etoys to make digital animated books. We will be receiving a stock of XO laptops and pilot an upgraded version of these lessons next February. We will help translate these materials into Creole. We are looking forward to putting up our students’ work on our website for our Mother Tongue Books project.
Several staff went to the annual Open Space on Open Space meeting. Some of the main themes of this meeting were: The ever growing trash problem in Haiti; Is the United States going to take over Haiti as a result of Clinton’s appointment [as UN special envoy]?; How can non-profits better listen to the people they are trying to help?; What strategies can be employed in order to find money to pay ones’ teachers?; What can men and women do to promote women’s and children’s rights at the community level?
We received a $5,000 grant from the Woman to Woman Fund of the US National Episcopal Church Women. This will allow us to move forward with our local arts initiative. Bernise and Jean will be heading up this new business, leading classes in weaving and embroidery not only for our school children but also interested adults.

Sincerely,

Co-directors Chris and Abner and
Secretary Millienne