All the schools that we sponsor are approved by the Ministry of Education under the name Ecole Mixte Nazareth. They are located in the poorest neighborhoods of the city of Port-au-Prince. The Souvenir Children Foundation of Haiti, Inc was named after Souvenir Simon Jean Baptiste, a dedicated Haitian educator who founded the Ecole Mixte Nazareth 50 years ago. Over the years this primary school has provided a solid educational foundation to countless young people who have progressed to become productive members of Haitian society. Some of them today are working in Haiti in various fields including Medicine, Banking, Law, Education…It currently has about 200 students. This school has consistently a 100 % passing rate on the “ Certificat “ which is a national exam given at the end of the primary school cycle in order to move to the secondary school level.
The Ecole Mixte Nazareth,4 eme Ave de Bolosse was started in 2011.The school has been growing rapidly. Every year a new class is added. It currently has about 150 students.
The Ecole Mixte Nazon, Ruelle Nazon was established in 2008.It has about 120 students. The are 2 other schools outside of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The Ecole Mixte Nazath, Morne Cabrit.It has been functioning in spite of severe difficutly. The school meets under a tent. It has about 100 students. The Ecole Mixte Nazareth, Beudet has been temporarily closed due to lack of funding.
This program is the early stages of development. The aim is to give marketable skills to young people that can lead quickly to a job. So far there is a program for preparation in the trades of electrical work, sowing, cosmetology and culinary arts. The students meet on a weekly basis in the building of the Ecole Mixte Nazareth, Delmas. There is about 10 students in this program. They are highly motivated. The goal is to expand the program into other areas such as computer technology.
We do have a scholarship program which provides financial support on a need basis to dedicated students. The scholarship program includes sponsorship of students entering high school. Many students would not be able to continue their education beyond primary school without the assistance of the scholarship program. Thus far, we have sponsored college students who have completed their studies in the fields of Information Technology . Law, Nursing and Education. We are currently sponsoring two seminary students, two Nursing student and a student in Education. One of the students who benefited from a scholarship program is currently a principal at one of the schools.
In collaboration with an ONG there is a program for adult literacy which has been in existence for over 20 years. Many people have come to achieve functional reading skills through this program.