Dear friends of Matènwa,
Thanks to your support MCLC students and staff had a great school year. We successfully completed the national scope and sequence for ALL subjects.
Loving the Garden Till the End
Whereas most schools were only focused on preparing for exams during the month of June, students continued to enjoy the hands-on science and writing activities in the garden. Students had a great time caring for the garden, preparing beds and seedlings, watering and fertilizing with their own organic compost, and doing experiments. Because of their commitment, we had beautiful vegetables throughout the year. We had a lot of cabbages, tomatoes, turnips, peppers, and spinach that went into our school breakfast program to feed our students and fight malnutrition.
Rethinking Power to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
A select group of MCLC staff recently participated in a two-day training offered by Beyond Borders in its Rethinking Power program. This program combats violence against women and girls and the resulting spread of HIV/AIDS, using a methodology called SASA! Sasa is a Kiswahili word that means “now,” indicating that now is the time to stop all forms of violence against women and girls, whether physical, sexual, emotional, or economic. SASA! is also an acronym for a four-phase process of behavior and social change: Start (by inviting people to discuss the topic), Awareness (by exploring the concept of power), Support (by mobilizing the community to change unequal gender norms), and Action (by working with a range of people to make the greatest impact).
This training reminded us that violence against women and girls is a serious problem everywhere. Participants recognized the need for combating it and motivating others to do the same. In that spirit, a small group of MCLC staff met with the facilitators to reflect on how to continue this training. The school selected two staff members that will complete the Rethinking Power program over two years, which includes trainings in Jacmel. After this they will be able to offer community trainings across Lagonav and be included in MCLC’s Institute for Learning.
Chris W. Low, Executive Director FOM
Ezner Angervil, Director MCLC