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October, 2010:

October Update

October 2010

Dear Friends of Matènwa,

During difficult times change and new life emerges. We are beginning our 15th year with new administrative structures and roles. Abner Sauveur and I, co-founders and co-directors for the last 14 years will now be able to do more outreach to other schools in Haiti and the US as our new team of directors, Ezner Angervil Chair, Millienne Angervil-Petion Secretary, and Roseline Obel Resources Manager, take over the daily administration of the school.  Abner will promote school gardens and pedagogy in and beyond Matènwa, and I will be executive director of MCLC, as well as focusing on the creation of more Mother Tongue Books and school partners.

Our team spent two and a half weeks in the Boston area observing and in conversation with classroom teachers, students, and administrators at the Fayerweather Street, Atrium, Belmont Day, Rafael Hernandez, and John M. Tobin Schools. This trip was sponsored by the Fayerweather Street School’s Matènwa Teacher Exchange grant. The team met with the newly formed Friends of Matènwa Board. They then returned to do a week of orientation. The trip is already bearing fruit.

Yesterday’s email from Millienne read, “ We had a great opening day of school. After sitting in a big circle to welcome students and their parents, they entered their classrooms. Teachers explained what they planned for the year and discussed expectations for parent participation. We had each parent talk about their child. It was a truly exciting day!”

Sincerely,

Chris Low

Executive Director MCLC