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June, 2010:

June Update

Every year we commemorate the 18th of May because it is Haitian flag day. Even though our country is ladened with problems, and many schools still remain closed, we at the Matènwa Community School felt it even more important to celebrate our country’s flag day. We organized a few things to entertain the population. Starting early in the morning, the students sang all 5 verses of the national anthem as we raised the Haitian flag. Then we had a large meeting in the round building and sang flag songs and listened to a CD on how we took our independence. The students performed all sorts of skits and songs that they created themselves. In the afternoon our school team played soccer against the Grande Source Baptist School and won 2 to 0. These activities were organized by the staff while the two directors were in the United States.

On May 8th, co-directors Abner Sauveur and Chris Low were attending our annual fund raiser: An Evening of Education and Hope with speaker Tracy Kidder. Tracy, Abner and Chris gave inspirational speeches. The evening had displays of wonderful Haitian art, Mother Tongue Books, slide shows of Matènwa and food. Abner and Chris spent several days at Fayerweather Street School learning from Director Ed Kuh, his process of evaluating teachers. Abner felt these observations and discussions were very fruitful and the teachers have already said that they too feel the positive effects of this.

Reconstruction continues slowly but surely. Many families are still in need of housing. We are working our hardest to continue rebuilding. Thank you so much for your continued support because no large organizations have yet sent any support.


Chris, Abner, and Millienne
Contact Chris at if you would like to do your own fundraiser for the school.