During the week of March 27th 2017, accompanied by Mrs. Paule Edeline Orcel, KPP-Haiti General Secretary, Mrs Carolle Paul, KPP Vice President and Mrs Nicole Jean,KPP member, we visited the schools of Port-a-Piment including the national school in the nearby village of Potus. The scars of the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Matthew (crumbled walls, roofless classrooms etc..) were still visible. We were happy to see the kids at school as we encouraged them to maximize their efforts to learn.
At the National school of Figuiers, we took the opportunity to distribute to the students the school supplies graciously donated by the students of West Hills HIgh School of Stanford, Connecticut.The kids were very much happy to receive these supplies.
On behalf of the students of the Ecole Nationale de Figuiers, the school Director and teachers, Konbit Pou Potapiman Inc, wants to thank the students of Westhill High school who donated the supplies such as such as crayons, calculators, scissors, binders, folders, markers, pens, pencils, rulers, paper and glue sticks .
In addition, we would like to offer a special thank you to the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Claudia Obas LeGare of Westhill High School for her leadership and facilitator role in getting these precious gits for the students of Port-a-Piment.
On Saturday April 1st, Konbit Pou Potapiman took the important step of reopening its Children’s Library. Following the passage of Hurricane Matthew last October 4th, the KPP Library had been completely destroyed, with a collapsed roof and all books and chairs blown away. Of our former library, only 3 tables remain.
To us at KPP, it had become imperative to reopen the library, so as to continue to fuel an interest for reading in the youth of Port-A-Piment.
To secure a place, KPP again turned to the Director of the local Ecole Fondamentale d’Application (EFA), Dir. Josue Paul, who kindly allowed the use of a large classroom during library hours. Thank you so much, Dir. Josue, for your continued support.
From boxes of donated books, stored at a different location, also affected by the hurricane, we were able to rescue only 125 children’s books.
This led us to investigate alternate means of getting the kids to read again. We decided on a trial of a Digital Library section. Electronic readers can store a great number of books in a small device, and they are easier to safeguard in case of impending disasters.
With the help of dear friends, KPP secured a total of 10 Kindle readers, downloaded with a number of children’s and young people’s books.
On April 1st, our young readers were eager to attend the KPP Library again. Needless to say that the children were quite enthusiastic to experiment with the digital devices.
KPP takes this opportunity to recognize the friends who donated electronic readers to the library, in particular, Dr Edwig Eugene, Yves Sidney, Dr Dominique Jean, Guy Antoine, Renel and Cindy Jean.
If you would like to help build up our digital library, please consider donating your used, de-registered Kindle to Konbit Pou Potapiman. You may contact us at 516- 270-6144.
A special Thank you goes also to the team of teachers in Port-a-Piment, who work tirelessly at the KPP library to help improve the children’s education. Thank you Mrs Paule-Edline Orcel, Ms Joceline Julien and Mr Gary Moise.
Konbit Pou Potapiman thanks each and every one for your support, as we continue to pursue the dream of building our very own Library.
The 2016 KPP Summer Camp was held at the Ecole Nationale de Figuiers , from July 4th through July 15th.
As in the previous year, 60 children, who had been selected by the administrators of the seven local schools on the basis of academic achievement, enjoyed two weeks of fun, togetherness and learning.
The camp was run by FrantzJean, President of Konbit Pou Potapiman and by Mrs PauleEdline Orcel, Inspector in the local school system. They were joined by a staff of monitors, security personnel, cooks, helpers, janitors, bus driver to ensure a safe and valuable experience for the children.
The camp participants started each morning with a prayer, and a talk by Mrs. Orcel and Mr. Jean , discussing one or more points of the Theme of the week.
For the first week, the Theme was: SavoirEcouter (Learning to Listen), how to give full attention to capture a message; how to transmit a message and interpret the information received.
And for the second week, the Theme was: Savoir Choisir (Learning to Choose); making choices based on one’s preferences, one’s needs and one’s morals.
From 8AM to 2PM, the children enjoyed different activities which included:
Daily bus rides from and to the center of town, Physical Activity (Aerobics, Soccer, Rope Jumping, Races…, Singing, Dancing
Embroidery, Crochet, Sewing, making paper flowers and necklaces, coloring, Puzzles, and using discarded plastic bottles to make brooms, flowers, jewelry boxes.
Swimming Trip to the Labeyi River
Practicing for Graduation
The children and Staff also enjoyed two hot meals a day.
Many guest speakers volunteered to join us again this year to share their expertise with the children. They included:
Mrs. Violette Jean, Mrs. Witza Francois, Mrs. Leunine Lorcy, 3 nurses from the local hospital. In one session, the nurses discussed the spread of the Zika virus and the characteristics of the Aeges mosquito. The next week, they discussed the Typhoid Fever, a disease familiar to most of the children. At both sessions, the nurses reviewed the symptoms of the disease, treatment options , and they placed emphasis on what children can do to prevent the spread of Zika and Typhoid.
Mr. Abraham Gentil, teacher of Social Sciences, addressed the children on two occasions on the early history of Haiti, up to the Emperor Dessalines seeking to meet the challenges of consolidating Haiti’s independence and shoring up the economy of the new nation.
Mr Phedeau Lubin, a specialist of the environment, spoke of the types of objects in our world, and the types of relationships that exist between them. He also met the children at the Labeyi river to discuss the importance of plants; their different components, and how to grow plants effectively.
This year, Judge Bernardin Alcindor joined the roster, and advised the kids on the workings of the Tribunal de Paix, as well as the functions of the different people who work there.
These were very informative sessions not only for the children but also for the staff, who joined the kids in asking and answering questions from the guest speakers.
The children also got to appreciate a visit from Mayor Raymond Pierre Louis and his assistants. They encouraged the children in their efforts to do well in school.
Graduation day was the occasion for the staff of KPP to thank the parents for the trust put in us; to command the children on their academic performance and encourage them to always do their best.
In turn, the children executed many songs, dances, a sketch, to the delight of the assistance. They eagerly accepted the gift of a school bag for the coming academic year. They and the parents expressed their thanks to the staff, and enjoyed sandwiches and refreshments.
Another year, another successful Summer camp for KPP.
Our special Thanks go to Mrs Carolle Paul,Mrs Nicole Jean and Mrs. Paule Edeline Orcel for coordinating the work and to the Camp staff for their devotion to the children.
Konbit Pou Potapiman expresses their deep appreciation to :
JGR LLCopa of Hollywood, FL
Mrs. Marie Therese Boulos, Mr Fenold Appolon , Mrs. Danick Verret, Mr Adeemir Dacenay, Mrs. Doris Izmery and Mr Jacques Frasil
for their unwavering support.
Konbit Pou Potapiman also thanks all the KPP members and supporters who helped make the Camp d Éte 2016 an unforgettable experience for our high academic achievers.