Build a Community School in Plaisance Haiti

Campaign Created by: DE Foundation for Education and Health
Tax ID number: 81-1811705
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The funds from this campaign will be received by DE Foundation for Education and Health.

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Goal : $15,000

Raised : $250

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The D&E Foundation is inviting you  to support its effort to raise money to build a facility for a school in Plaisance, Haiti.

Serving the community for 45 years
The story of that small school (Center of Primary and Secondary Studies of Plaisance) started in 1975 when the Baptist primary school’s former principal, Dieuvil Joseph, decided to launch his own school. It is noteworthy to highlight that his monthly salary at that time was only the equivalent of $25 USD to take care of a family of 7, including his own mother. Due to his renown moral and academic rigor, many parents felt confident to trust him with their children despite the school being new.  The institution began accepting students only in primary school, and progressively added a middle education section, and finally High school. The facility hosting the school is a six-room privately-owned house built on a city property. The school rapidly became a success and shortly ranked among Plaisance’s top academic institutions.

The good Samaritan

Dieuvil would at times use his own money either to feed the students who, habitually, come to school without eating, or to buy medicines for the sick ones. Other times he had to step-up to assist parents in financial distress. It had always been a struggle for him to keep-up with the teacher's salary since he let the students attend classes even without paying the fees and the tuition.

A 63-years old high school student

He was 63 years old when he decided to go back to school to complete High School. He had been teaching for over 40 years. Since the school had a high-school section, he wanted to be an example as the director. He successfully passed Bac I and Bac 2 after 3 years.
 

Major blow

When in 2009 his wife, Edna, his longtime helper at the school, unexpectedly passed away at age 60 due to a severe asthma, Dieuvil was heavily shaken. While he got a new companion, he would never restore the precious support that she enjoyed when Edna was alive. Consequently, not only his health, but also that of the school started to deteriorate. The school’s enrollment drastically declined, and consequently Dieuvil could not keep-up with the payment of the staff salaries.

Passion versus reality

Despite the meager revenues collected from the tuition, the owner was determined to keep the school open, fueled by his passion for education. He used his children’s financial support intended for his personal care to pay the teachers and to maintain the school. Yet, at times, the teachers’ payments were overdue by several months.

Only death could stop him

Dieuvil later was diagnosed with the Parkinson’s disease. Despite his fragile balance, he continued to go to work. until his physical abilities no longer allowed him to. Just before his death in 2014, he called upon two of his previous students to come to his help, which they willfully accepted although they were not paid. The meager fees paid only by some of the few students still attending were barely enough to keep the school running.

The D&E Foundation to the rescue

The school was headed toward a certain closure when his children stepped in to rescue. They started the D&E Foundation for Education and Health (DEFEH), bearing both Dieuvil and Edna’s name. The mission of the Foundation was to pursue the valuable education work of their father in the community, also to support people in the community suffering with asthma and the Parkinson Disease of which Edna and Dieuvil have been respectively victims. The school shifted from a private to a community school, meaning that the students could come and attend school without having to pay for the tuition, except for a yearly small fee. For the last few academic years, the Foundation has been able to fulfill its obligation thanks to generous contributions from its founders, their friends, and a few good people who believe in the cause. However, in the process, many difficulties must be surmounted, like continuously fundraising money to pay the teachers, building a brand-new facility for the school, improving the quality of education provided, and ensuring better work conditions for the staff.

The future of the school
The foundation is in the process to buy a land to build a facility from the improvised and tiny building it has been since 1975 to a new brand facility with spacious classrooms, a cafeteria, a playground, an administrative room, a computer room, a library, a meeting room, modern restrooms, and other amenities. The entire project will cost approximately $250,000. 

We are convinced that you are among people who believe in the power of education to change the future of families, communities, and countries. And we appreciate your generous donation that will help keep alive the legacy that Dieuvil and Edna started 45 years ago.

We thank you in advance.

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