Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our scholarship and education program in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti. We began our work ten years ago offering scholarships to 32 secondary (high school) students. Today we offer 384 full scholarships to students at the primary, secondary, technical and university level. We have made great strides in these early years, and we have our donors to thank for their support. We hope this website will help you become better informed on the challenges of education in Haiti, and inspire you to sponsor a Haitian youth’s education. The 20 minute video posted below was created by Robert Shook. The film offers interviews with several of our graduates, one new student, and a head of school, each sharing the challenges of life in Haiti. We hope you will take the time to watch it.
Fast Tube by CasperThis video contains subtitles. After starting the video click on the Gear Icon (Settings) to select High Definition and ‘fullscreen’ in the You Tube menu. Video by Rob Shook, robshookphotography.com
A Brief Introduction:
The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education (CFHE) was founded in 2004 by Rebecca and Frederick Crosby to provide full scholarships for secondary education to academically gifted students living in the Artibonite Valley (60 miles north of Port-au-Prince), who otherwise could not attend school. In 2006, we expanded the program to include university scholarships. We initiated our technical school program in 2009, in the hopes that these post-secondary programs would prepare students for professional careers in Haiti. This expansion of our program was a natural outcome due to the success of many students graduating from high school and the need to continue their education for future employment. In 2012, we received a generous gift which enabled us to initiate a primary school scholarship program, which was greatly needed in the area. We are very pleased to offer the full range scholarships from first grade to university bachelor degree programs.
In 2014, our Haitian Board of Advisers, purchased land in Deschapelles in order to build an educational center. This center will focus on teacher development, student tutoring and mentoring, art programs for children, and adult literacy. We hope to complete this center in 2016.
As you may know, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. More than 55% of the adults are illiterate, less than 15% of Haitian students graduate from high school, and only 3 % (of that 15%) go on to higher education. Without any possibility to go to school, most young people spend their life on the street with no opportunity for employment – literally with no future. There are very few public schools in Haiti, especially in the rural areas, not nearly enough to support the students. A student attending public school still must pay a small tuition and purchase a uniform and books, all this totals to $100 a year. Most students must seek private education, and it costs from $150 (primary level) to $400 (secondary level) a year for tuition, books and uniforms. The average family in Haiti earns less than $750 a year, so you can see the enormity of the problem. University tuition and living expenses range from $2,500 to $5,000 annually, an impossible expense for families.
More than ever, we see that the rebuilding of Haiti must focus on education. The country is not sustainable if 85% of the youth are not educated and very few have higher degrees. The future of Haiti depends on its youth; without education, the conditions in Haiti are not likely to improve. We are encouraged to hear that Haitian and foreign companies want to hire educated Haitians rather than foreigners, but the job bank of educated youth is very small. Our hope is to build that pool of young adults.
This year the Crosby Fund will support 352 students with full scholarships: 155 in primary school, 138 in secondary school, 21 in technical school and 38 in universities in Port-au-Prince. We invite you to learn more about each of these programs, and we hope you will join our efforts to help these students with their education. 100% of your gift goes directly to work in Haiti — all of the United States expenses are privately funded. We hope that you will make a gift today. We can assure you that your gift will be used carefully and wisely.
Thank you again for visiting our website.
Rebecca and Frederick (Ted) Crosby