A KPP Project: Rebuilding the School of Jabouin

Background:

Jabouin is a small and poor village located in the commune of Port-a-Piment; a 1 ½ to 2 hours walking distance from the center of town.  On October 4th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew totally destroyed the area, including its only school.Since that time, KPP has been assisting the school with payroll and school supplies.

Since the passage of Matthew, the school of Jabouin has been on life support. Classes are held under a tarp or in the open air when the heat is unbearable. When it rains, the kids are unable to attend school; at times for several days in a row.The tarp now must accommodate 4 classes, 4 teachers and 118 students.

 

The community of Jabouin, and the School Principal, Mr Mondin  Saint-Cyr, requested our help, your help,  to build a structure where the children can be safe from the elements.

KPP accepted the challenge, and since late in 2017, KPP has been making plans to rebuild the school.

 

The Plan:

KPP contacted 2 local firms for an estimate to build a modest school of 4 rooms, 1 Office with Storage and 4 Latrines. The estimates varied between USD 20.000 and 25.000. It is noted that some work and materials would be provided by the community.

KPP verified the deed of a piece of land donated by Mr Fresner Villarson,a local resident , and it also verified that the school had been certified as a community school for the commune of Jabouin.

KPP contacted different international organizations that build schools in Haiti. One such organization is considering our request. The engineer has so far made 2 site visits, and held a meeting with the community. A second community meeting is scheduled for April the 18th. If the project is approved, the organization would provide an engineer, foremen and some building materials. The community, with the help of KPP, would provide sand, rocks, water as well as the workforce.

KPP held 2 drives to collect money for this project. A Giving Tuesday drive in November, and a Pledge drive held at our December gala provided us with a total of $ 5377.

On Friday, March 2nd, 4 members of KPP Inc, having left from the States, traveled to Jabouin. They met the School Director, the students, the parents, members of the community. A meeting was held with the adults where Frantz J Jean, President of KPP, discussed with the residents the plan of construction and the expected involvement of the community. The group also visited the proposed site. On March 15th , Frantz J Jean and KPP member Emiel Jacob met with the engineer to review the requirements of the building organization.

 

Since our visit:

On March 16th, the community held a “Konbit” to clear the site of all foliage, rocks and debris….

On March 27th , sand and rocks were transported to the site by the residents, mostly parents of the students.

 

As of now:

KPP has not yet received a written commitment from the organization. If our request is denied, we will continue with our plans to erect the school, using one of the local builders.

We do understand that the money collected is not yet sufficient to build the entire school. But we have made moving to a better structure a priority, and we will start with what we have, and add rooms as funds become available.

By the next school year, the children of Jabouin should be moving into a better school.

We thank each and every one of you who is helping to make this dream a reality.  Should you wish to contribute to this cause, please contact us at: potapiman@yahoo.com or call at 516-2706144

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A “Jardin Scolaire” for our children

Konbit Pou Potapiman continues on its mission to help develop the commune of Port-a-Piment. With a vision of a better future for our commune, we are proud to share that KPP is supporting a school garden project, a “Jardin Scolaire”, which is being implemented at the “Ecole Nationale de Figuiers”.

Indeed, with the approval of Mr.Jacques Frazil, School Director, and under the guidance of Agronomist Gerdy Francois, the students of 4th, 5th and 6th Année Fondamentale are actively participating in the Jardin Scolaire. They are learning the basics of growing foods, using the garden as an outdoor laboratory.

At a recent visit, we were amazed by the amount of land already tilled, as well as the neat rows of plants of green peppers, cabbage, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, cucumbers and eggplants that the students are tending. Agr. Francois informed us that, at harvest, the vegetables will be used in the school canteen, and students will be provided with seedlings to take home and build their own garden

Last month, Frantz Jean, President of KPP visited the school and had the opportunity to interact with the students. He was pleased to hear them speak of the project. Each class spends two 45 minute sessions per week with Agr. Francois. The teachers are also active participants in the project.

We are truly encouraged by what we have witnessed, and the learning opportunity offered to these children. This type of activity promotes a healthy lifestyle; helps our children to be conscious of their environment, encourages hands-on learning and promotes the skills of communication, teamwork and patience.

On behalf of the KPP board of directors, we express our sincere gratitude to Director  Jacques Frazil, for his understanding and his engagement to the students.

And a special Thank You goes to Agronomist Gerdy Francois for his dedication, patience and discipline.

Hats off! Chapo Ba!

(For a contribution to this specific project, please feel free to contact us: potapiman@yahoo.com or call us at 516-270-6144)

 

 

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News Update

Reviving the KPP Breeding of Small Ruminants Project

Thanks to a $1500.00 donation from the One World Group Oxted of London, the KPP-Haiti’s Breeding of Small Ruminants Project, which had been decimated by Hurricane Matthew, is being revived, this time in the village of Nanma.

Nanma is a small, poor village of the commune, about 2 hours walking distance from the town of Port-a-Piment. The KPP team in Haiti brought awareness of the desperate conditions that the residents of Nanma were lfacing after Matthew.

    

As done in the past, 10 families were chosen to become the beneficiaries of the project as owners of  2 female goats each. The project will follow the same principle of “Receive and Give” used previously in the villages of Dupin and Pinette. It is expected that these beneficiaries will in turn become the donors to other families in the village as the program extends its reach.

  

Konbit Pou Potapiman Inc expresses its gratitude to One World Group Oxted for allowing its sister organization, KPP-Haiti, the opportunity to continue this project.

Agricultural project update

The farmers in the villages of Jabouin and Pinette reported that despite the heavy rains of the last few months, their harvest of corn was relatively good. The farmers were able to sell their products and  reserve enough seeds for replanting.them.

 

In Jabouin, the farmers are grateful for the recent rains and milder temperatures. The fields of Pigeon Peas (Pwa Kongo) visited by the KPP monitor look promising. If the present weather pattern holds, the farmers expect to rake in a very good harvest by the end of January.

Again KPP thanks all contributors who responded to our call in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Please continue to support KPP. Your contributions are making a difference in the lives of so many.

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