Saint Michel School
In a country where the illiteracy rate in some regions is more than 80 percent, the Haiti Outreach Program funds Ecole de St. Michel, Boucan-Carré, serving students in preschool through 7th grade. Funded largely by Sacred Heart and St. Kateri Tekakwitha parishioners, our sponsorship program covers the cost of tuition, food, and books. A new primary school in Boucan-Carré, managed by the sisters of St. Michel, opened in 2006 with about 300 students. Today we provide salaries for about 28 teachers and a daily meal for more than 900 students. Unfortunately, for many students the meal of beans and rice may be their only meal of the day. Four additional classrooms, funded by St. Anselm parish, were opened in 2017 to relieve overcrowding.
Julio Geffrard-Attended the primary school, the secondary school, went to college obtained a law degree. Is now a teacher at the Secondary school.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, these are the options:
Primary Student (1st – 7th grade) $180 to $280.
Secondary Student (8th – Philo grade) $230 to $330.
College Sponsorship $1000 (Payable following verification of college enrollment).
Base cost covers tuition for students and daily meals for the primary students as well as salaries for 60 teachers and staff. Additional donations go toward student uniforms, national test fees for 9th and 12th graders, and basic teaching supplies.
Please use the buttons to sponsor online – you will be directed to our donation portal (WeShare). Student Sponsorship is the top item to select, and Thank You.
Our Mission & Approach
When we first went to Boucan-Carré in 1999, the roof of the town’s small secondary school had been destroyed by a hurricane, forcing teachers to hold class outdoors under a tarp. In 2005 a new high school, the College of St. Michel, opened with outdoor make-shift classrooms. Grades were added as students reached the next level. In 2010 a Knoxville company, Xinergy Corp., provided funds to build a new secondary school. The new facility opened in the fall of 2012, making secondary education available to many students who previously could not attend due to tuition costs, family responsibilities, or simply the long distance to the nearest school. Today the school has an enrollment of about 250 students in grades 8 through 12 as well as an additional year, called “Philo,” for students who intend to pursue a college degree. Many graduates have stayed to work in the community as teachers, nurses and city officials.
The student sponsorship program funds teachers salaries, tuition and food for the kids, and all operational expenses. If you are interested in supporting the education endeavors of our mission please sponsor a student, using any of the green buttons you see.