It started with a dream. Because there was no school where he lived in Fontaine, Haiti, Pierre-Louis Jozili walked four miles a day to a school in a different town. Determined to attain an education, Pierre-Louis eventually received a scholarship to Siena College in Loudonville, New York. After graduating, he turned his attention to the dream: to build a school in his hometown of Fontaine. And in September 2011, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School opened its doors to 116 seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. “No longer will students have to walk four hours a day like I did to attend a high school,” Pierre-Louis can say with pride.
The project would not have been possible without the commitment of many people like you. These people decided to help build a school in an area still without electricity nearly three years after January 2010′s devastating earthquake. They also dug a well that now brings clean drinking water to more than 100 families; next, GE donated solar panels which will be installed as a source of light, not only to the school but to the people of Fontaine; the solar panels power portable lanterns to light their homes.
Recently, a major source of funding for the school (and its plans to add more classrooms and grades) was cut significantly. Now that the school is built, there are presently 116 boys and girls enrolled at a per student cost of $300 a year. If you can be one of 116 people willing to underwrite the cost of educating one student for a year ($300/year or $25/month), we can keep the school open while we explore other fundraising options. If a full tuition scholarship is beyond your means, a partial ($240 per year $20 per month) scholarship will be deeply appreciated. (Maybe a club, group or church you belong to might consider one or more scholarships?)
Every scholarship donor will receive the name and photo of the student whose life-changing education you are guaranteeing. Of course, any amount you can give is of vital importance to our goal. We are also open to any ideas, suggestions or support options you might offer!
We have partnered with our sister organization, Xaverian Brothers, to process donations.
If you want to do something truly life changing, please help provide the youth of Haiti with a future.
Please help us build the First High School for Fontaine, Haiti.
The Full Project: MOJCAFON Haiti
Promoting growth and development in rural Haiti.
Mouvement Organisé des Jeunes Caritatif de Fontaine, Organized Charitable Youth Movement of Fontaine (MOJCAFON).
The St. Gabriel Middle-High School is part of a larger project started by Pierre-Louis Joizil, the founder of the organization. MOJCAFON has been approved by the Haitian government as a charitable organization. It has four primary goals:
- Economic Development
- Promotion of Health
The foundation of the program is education, which is why the building of the St. Gabriel High School is paramount to all that follows.