College Le Renouveau D’Haiti, translated The Renewal of Haiti Academy, was birthed in exhilaration after the January 12 earthquake to meet the need for free schooling after so many schools were destroyed, and to provide a place for young learners to receive excellent education. The next generation are Haiti’s leaders of tomorrow and we want to provide a strong hope for their future through Christian education.
The school is currently being held in a temporary wood and tin structure, housing nine classrooms from pre-school to grade 6. Construction of the new permanent primary school classrooms on the second campus has begun. This property will house 2 more school buidlings along with the church and a sports arena, which is situated closer to the main road and central to a larger community area.
The Renewal of Haiti Academy opened in Oct 2010 with 210 students, which provided many underprivileged children the opportunity to go to school. For it's second year of operations, enrollment was 300 students, grades pre-school to 5th. As of 2017, we are providing full-time education to 500 children (boys and girls) from pre-school to Grade 8. There is a Haitian staff of 2 directors, 1 assistant of curriculum, 9 teachers, 2 student aids, 3 maintenance & recess workers, and 3 cooks. The first year of operations was covered by Disaster Relief funds, as the opening of the school was in response to the increased educational needs after the earthquake.
For three years now, we have been working to get students sponsored to cover the costs of paying the school staff and materials. Parents pay a minimal entry fee of $10 US a year, plus provide uniform and books (when possible) for their child to attend school. There are some families that cannot even provide these essentials. The school helps subsidize students when needed. Students are learning the basics in reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as French, English, art, music and sports.
We plan to open the new school, the first of three permanent school building on the South Campus property, in the fall of 2016, with the hope of expanding to middle school grade levels.
How You Can Help
To continue to operate the elementary school, we rely on student sponsorships. You sponsorship of a student in primary school of $35/ month helps to pay teacher's salaries, provide a daily hot lunch, support a sports program and provide needed materials for classes. When you sponsor a student, you can communicate with and send gifts to your sponsor student and will receive an annual update on their progress. For more info, check out our Education Fund page, or you can give through our Online Gift Catalogue.