We will never stop thanking you for your huge support that allowed us to successfully finish the 2009-2010 academic year. Since August 1 we started preparing for October which is when the new school year will start. We are doing construction and repairs while the children are on vacation. Our Local Arts Center, a set of 5 one-room structures, is almost finished. One room has a cistern below its floor; the other four are round rooms awaiting grass roofs. We put a brand new gutter on the round building.
We are making headway with our efforts to promote the use of Creole books in other schools. The local government school inspector has asked the 50 schools he oversees to use books in Creole through the third grade. We already bought new Creole schoolbooks from KOPAVIT L’Action Sociale thanks to a grant from Rotary. In the garden we have eggplants and hot peppers ready for sale.
Secretary Millienne Angervil
Co-director Abner Sauveur
Hats off to you!
After the earthquake it was very difficult for a majority of schools to continue, but with your support we were able to run our programs and help the greater community. School finished at the end of July.
Marsha, a teacher from Vermont, is training Anes to insert pictures into his Mother Tongue Book template.
During July we had several visitors come and help us in our library. We thank teachers Dena and Sarah from Chicago. Dena catalogued and shelved many books and trained a couple new teachers on how to keep it organized. Sarah participated on all levels from administrative meetings to translating trainings sessions. We thank Marsha from Vermont and Ingleed from Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge for helping us in the computer lab to develop the Mother Tongue Books Project with our staff and for giving lessons to Anes who has moved from fourth grade to the computer lab. Anes is replacing Benaja Antoine who has moved on to a job with Haiti Partners. We will miss Benaja, but are happy to announce that in this new position he will be spreading some of the same educational methods that MCLC has been promoting for the past 15 years to other parts of Haiti.
Ingleed, Marsha and Juliette, travelling back to the Ansagale, Lagonav dock. Here they are having the classic common "flat tire experience". Never a dull moment!
With a grant from Rotary International, MCLC has started a year long project to train several teachers from MCLC and other schools in our network how to produce Mother Tongue Books with their students. The MCLC computer lab is the center for this activity. Many schools will benefit, receiving locally authored stories in Creole.
Chris Low & Abner Sauveur, Co-directors
Millienne Angervil, Secretary