Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our education program in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti. We hope this website will help you become better informed on the challenges of education in Haiti and that you will be interested in sponsoring a Haitian student’s education.
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 (north of Port-au-Prince), who otherwise could not attend school. In 2006, we expanded the program to include university scholarships, and, in 2009, we initiated our technical school scholarships in the hopes that both of these 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 initiated a primary school scholarship program, due to the enormous need witnessed in this area. We are very pleased to now offer scholarships from first grade to bachelor’s degrees.
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, buy a uniform and pay for books, all this totals to $120 a year. Most students must seek private education, and it costs about $300 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 336 students with full scholarships for primary, secondary, technical and university education: 167 in primary school, 122 in secondary school, 17 in technical school and 30 in the 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 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.