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The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education

19 Binney Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371

www.crosbyfund.org — 860-434-8054

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New university students at UNIQUA

Our Building Project                                 Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

Last November our organization was offered a piece of land by an elderly Haitian woman who deeply admires our work in education. Her hope was that someday this land would serve as a place for students of all ages to gather. Our Haitian Board of Advisors decided to purchase the land, and we are planning to build a house with guest bedrooms, a new office, and most importantly, a Center for Learning, with the primary goal of offering seminars for educators to improve the quality of teaching by introducing new methods involving modern concepts and techniques. We have learned that teacher development is an area of great need in Haiti. We will also be using the Center as a place for students to gather for tutoring and mentoring. Over the next few years, as we build this Center, we will be connecting with universities in the U.S. in the hopes of creating opportunities for graduate students to offer programs as interns. This exchange will be mutually beneficial for the graduate students as they gain great experience working in a developing country and for the Haitian teachers, as they learn new approaches to teaching. We will also be looking for retired teachers and educators, especially those who speak French, who might be interested in sharing their knowledge with teachers and students. The Center will serve the community as well by offering adult education and a place that offers activities for children who cannot go to school because of lack of funding. We also hope that the Center will be used to address environmental issues, family planning, and support the local artists and so much more. Stay tuned for news on this exciting project!

Primary Program Update (K-6)

This past year was our second year offering primary school scholarships to 167 students. We are happy to report that 19 out of the 22 sixth graders passed the state exams and have now entered our secondary program at the 7th grade level. 135 students passed and advanced a grade, and 11 were not successful in their grade and will repeat. W_55C9418bwWebe had a long discussion with our Haitian b_55C9458bwWeboard on a policy for students who are not successful. The board strongly felt that at the primary level, we should give the children a second chance rather than dismissing them.

Over the year, we will try to help these students with academic support, in the hopes that they will improve their grades. There are many reasons why students fail, and sometimes it is a matter of learning disabilities, stressful living conditions, illnesses, and many times hunger. It saddens me to share with you that the feeding program for primary students initiated last year by UNICEF has been cut. We hope it will be re-instated soon. Food insecurity is a major problem in Haiti and affects the success of our students at all grade levels.

Secondary Program Update (Grades 7 – Philo)      

Our secondary program is now in its 11th year, and this year we will offer scholarships to 136 students. Without scholarships many students cannot afford school at the secondary level, because the tuition grows exponentially with each grade. Parents may be able to afford tuition at the primary level but by the Philo year (13th year required for post-secondary study), the tuition is about $400.00 a year (1/3 or more of the family’s annual income). The increase in the tuition contributes to the low percentage of high school graduates in Haiti – only 15%. The state administers 3 exams during the secondary years: an exam at the 10th grade, 12th grade (Rheto), and Philo level. This year we had a 100% success rate at the 10th grade level, but only 73% success rate at the Rheto and Philo level. The students who were unsuccessful at the Rheto and Philo exams are no longer candidates for our university scholarships. They will have the opportunity to apply for a technical school scholarship. The good news is that 11 students passed the Philo exam and are now on the waiting list for a university scholarship. While they wait this year, we are asking each student to take the state examination for entrance in to one of the State Universities in Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitian, or Gonaives. The exam is difficult, but we are contributing to their success by offering them a 6 week preparatory class prior to the exam. If they pass the exam, the tuition is free. The Crosby Fund would cover their living expenses only and this would reduce our university waiting list significantly.

University Program Update                   

This summer we had four more University graduates: Mina Toussaint from UTESA in the science of nursing, Jean Wisguens Inozile from Quisqueya University in environmental studies, Emmanuella Jacob from UNIQUA in business, and Marie Claire Mamotel from Siloe Nursing School in the science of nursing. All are now in the required yKettie and Mendel3_copyear-long internship that will complete their bachelor degree study. Congratulations to our students!   We received six new university students: Jude Odne, Nehemie Otelus, Fleurette Gedeon, Ederson Louis Pierre, Genel Geffrard, and Jephte Joseph. We are looking for individuals to sponsor their education. (See the next page for information on sponsoring university students).   To date we have had 19 university graduates: 4 are in internships, 4 are continuing their education, 7 are employed and 4 are searching for employment. 11 students are on the university scholarship waiting list.

                               

Technical Program Update

Last year 21 students benefitted from our Technical School program and 9 graduated this past fall. This makes a total of 20 graduates since 2009, when this program began. 12 out of the 20 are employed and working; our new graduates will be searching for work. 22_55C8567bw_016Web students are receiving scholarships this year. We have a waiting list of 16 students. If you would like to support one of them, that would be very helpful. Areas of study range from mechanics and construction to elementary school teaching and auxiliary nursing and more. A technical scholarship offers students the opportunity to learn practical job skills for future employment.

Verna Cledomin was trained at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer as a physical therapy technician. He works in the hospital with patients recovering from surgery or injury and then continues to make house calls after they return home. To see Verna at work, visit our website www.crosbyfund.org and watch the video posted there.

Student Story: Ducasse Alphonse

Ducasse Alphonse graduated from St. Ignace School of Teaching with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Education. Prior to his graduation, he helped during the summer months tutoring students in mathematics. We realized he was a talented teacher. After his graduation, we hired him as a tutor in mathematics, chemistry and physics. He offers 4 classes a week and has over 30 in each class. We hope to include primary math in his tutoring schedule this year.

Ducasse has not had an easy life. When he and his older brother, Antonio, were ages 10 and 14, they left their mother and lived with a friend of the family. She could not support their education, so they began working to pay for school. At a young age, Ducasse assisted a mason building houses, and Antonio worked long hours in the fields assisting a farmer. Sometimes they missed a school year or two in order to save money for the following year’s tuition. Antonio was selected in our first class of 32 students ten years ago. He was in 12th grade. His brother Ducasse entered the program in 2006.

Ducasse and Antonio were two of our brightest students. They were both attending universities when the earthquake shattered the region of Port-au-Prince in 2010. Ducasse at that time was studying electrical engineering at the University Lumiere in Port-au-Prince. He was in an electric circuitry course with 28 others when the building crumbleDucasse Alphonsed. A large cement block hit his back, and while he crawled to escape, a wall came down on his legs. Three days he lay on the road with no food or water. Finally when he was losing all hope, someone came to help him. Learning that he was from Deschapelles, he was driven to the Hospital Albert Schweitzer where he spent time recuperating. Luckily, the hospital saved his legs, yet he is still in considerable pain four years later. It was after his return home that he learned that his brother Antonio died in the earthquake, and 26 of the 28 students in his class perished. With the collapse of the University Lumiere, the only university in Haiti to offer electrical engineering, Ducasse had no chance to finish his degree. After his recovery, he decided to go in to the field of teaching, and he entered St. Ignace to start his bachelor’s degree from the beginning. He graduated last year and came to work for us as a tutor. He is a remarkable man with courage and great gift for teaching. We are thrilled to have him with us.

News from our Graduates

HeleneatHASHelene Clervius graduated three years ago from Quisqueya University with a degree in medicine. She finished two years of residency and worked at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer for 6 months in general surgery. This fall she was awarded a scholarship to study neurosurgery in Switzerland at the University Hospital of Vaudois in Lausanne. Her dream is to create a neurological clinic in Haiti by 2020 with a team of 6 doctors specializing in all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery. Currently there are only 4 neurosurgeons and 1 neurologist working in Haiti, a country of 10 million. Delicier Dieuseul, another Crosby graduate in medicine, is studying neuroradiology and hopes to join her team of doctors when she returns.

We recently learned that Thelmy Guerlande has recently been hired as an accountant in the Haitian government for the Department of the Interior. Mendel Mesidor is now working in the marketing department at Natcom, the newest phone carrier. Pierre Hervey, a graduate in computer science, works at Quisqueya University creating student database programs. Each of these students’ lives have been transformed by their scholarships. They have profitable careers, are able to assist their family’s needs, and they are making a contribution toward Haiti’s future.

Sponsoring a Student    

Over the past ten years we have helped 550 students go to school. We have 352 students in our program this year, and the greatest challenge we face is supporting our university scholarships. 37 university scholarships will be offered this year, and we try to find individual sponsorship for each student – donors who are willing to provide full or partial support (tuition only) at the university level. See the chart below that gives the range of university expenses. We have 12 students in need of sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring a university student, please contact us, and we would be happy to tell you more about the program and help you select the student, if you wish. We offer our deepest gratitude to all of our generous donors who support our university scholarship program.

If you are interested in making a donation to support a student please make checks payable to Crosby Fund for Haitian Education and send it to 19 Binney Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371. You may also make a gift through our website www.crosbyfund.org through PayPal®. The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All gifts are fully tax-deductible and 100% of your gift goes directly to Haiti in support of our programs.

Annual University Student Expenses
Tuition and Fees
$1000-$1850
Books
$500
Housing
$750-$1000
Food
$900 – $1500
($3 to $5 per day for 10 months)
 
Transportation
$250
Total Range
$3400 – $5000
 
Technical Student Expenses
Tuition and Fees
$400- 500

 

Annual Secondary Student Expenses
Tuition and Fees
$200-$300
Books
$65
Uniforms
$50
Total Range
$315 -415
 
Primary Student Expenses
Tuition and Fees
$75 -$100
Uniforms
$35
Books
$25
Total Range
$135-160
 

Annual Budget

Our annual budget this year is $260,000.  There are no paid salaries in the United States, and expenditures in the U.S. represent only 3% of the budget and are funded privately. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

 

CrosbyFund for Haitian Education in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti

Newsletter Fall 2013

Crosby Fund for Haitian Education

 Fall 2013

 DSC_0399b Three of our new primary students from LaChapelle

Primary Program Update (K- Sixth)                                                   

Our first year of offering primary school scholarships was a great success! Through a generous five year grant, we are able to support 167 full scholarships for children in first to sixth grade. These children are from different regions covering a 20 mile radius from our office in Deschapelles in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti.  We are happy to report that we had a 95% success rate. These students will continue in our program and advance to the next grade.  Kettelie Petite-Loutes Jules, the primary program’s administrator, will evaluate the remaining 5% to see where we might help these children improve their grades.  There are many reasons why students fail, and sometimes it is a matter of learning disabilities, or stressful living conditions, illnesses, and many times it is hunger.  When we visited schools last fall, we observed that several primary schools were serving a meal as part of their school day.  These meals are provided by a UNICEF Food Program.  Our employees tell us that only about 10% of the 34 primary schools that our students attend serve free meals.  We are in hopes that more schools will be able to provide this nourishment for the children. 

 

DSC_0242The school day for all grades K-Philo (13th year) begins at 7 am.  Kindergarten through second grade children finish the school day by 12 noon, but the older children continue until 1 pm, leaving before the sun is the hottest.  There is a wide variation in the 34 school facilities and the quality of  each program.  We are making every effort to place our children in better schools, but sometimes there are no quality schools close to where they live.  We have a long way to go in improving education in this area and helping children achieve, but we began this year, and it was a good start!
Primary School in LaChapelle that serves a morning meal

 Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme Donates School Supplies to Primary Program

Last spring the Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme, Connecticut, collected school supplies in support of our primary program.  This came about after Kettelie Petit-Loute Jules, our primary program administrator, visited several of their classes as part of their cultural awareness program.  When the students and teachers saw pictures of schools in Haiti, with no school supplies other than a chalk board and chalk, the students wanted to help.  Last May, we received boxes and boxes of colorful, educational supplies that we are now delivering to some of the schools.  Thank you Flanders!!

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Children of Flanders School collected school supplies                                                                                                        Kettelie passing out the supplies                       

Secondary Program Update   (Grades 7 – Philo)

We began in 2004 with only 32 secondary students receiving scholarships.  Today we have 122 students in this program.  15 students passed their Philo exams this year. This success allows them the privilege of acceptance in one of the universities in Port-au-Prince.  We will offer 8 new university scholarships this year, and the remaining 7 will have to wait until next year to enter the university due to limitations in our budget.  We have never had as many successful Philo students as we have had this year!  This is great, but it causes a dilemma because it is the first time that we have had a university program waiting list. Please consider supporting a university scholarship. This program  is the most challenging, yet critical for the success of our students’ future careers.   

Meet some of our high school graduates now attending  the university programs:        

Miramene Ulysse   Aristilde Guerins R. Donald St. Philippe

Miramene Ulysse  — Agronomy         Aristilde Guerrens – Agronomy     Donald St. Philippe – Management

Technical School Update

Our technical scholarship program was initiated four years ago to offer opportunities for students who were not successful in the Rheto (12th grade) or Philo (13th year) state exams (required for university study).  This year we offered 17 technical school scholarships and 6 of these students will graduate in October.  The technical scholarships offer students the opportunity to learn practical job skills for future employment.  The scholarships cover a variety of studies from construction, mechanics, medical technicians, computer science and environmental studies.  We will receive 8 new students this year in the program. Currently we have 22 students on a scholarship waiting list.  Generally a technical school scholarship is in the range of $350 -$500 a year and most programs are two years in length.  We hope you will consider supporting one of these students.                                                         

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                       Sidort Vernet,   mechanics                Ecole Professionelle de Desarmes – students practice their skills           Macius Richardson – environment

University Program Update

This year 5 of our 29 university students graduated with bachelor’s degrees. Fednor Sidort in Administration, Guerlande Telmy in Accounting, Pierre Eustache Noel in Management, Emmanuelson Saturne in Computer Science, and Ducasse Alphonse in Education.  Four of these students will spend the fall in a mandatory internship program that will help with their job search.  Since we started our university program in 2006, 17 have graduated with bachelors’ degrees. Of the 17 graduates, 6 are employed, 6 are in internship program, and 5 are searching for work.  We are in hopes that all will be employed in the near future. 

Our 30 university students this year are attending 10 different universities in Port-au-Prince. Haitian universities do not offer a liberal arts degree; but each university specializes in particular areas of study.  Students must select a specific program of study prior to deciding on the university.  Vaudy Jean Baptiste, our Program Director, helps with this process. The most popular majors are agronomy, civil engineering, management/business, accounting, computer science, nursing, and medicine. Most of the programs are five years long, with the exception of medicine which can be seven years. We offer each student a living expense stipend to help with housing, food and books.

     DSC_0225a                  Pierre Hervey, graduated and now employed at Univ. Quisqueya – Inozile Jean Wisguen student at Univ. Quisqueya in Environmental studies

Jean Junior Mendel Mesidor, age 27

 DSC_0721  In his own words……It is with pride that I write about the Crosby Program today.  Thanks to this organization, I finally realized    the big dream of my life.  I entered the Crosby Program in October of 2005.  They paid for my classical studies (high school), and now I am finished with my university studies.  I studied business administration at the Université Notre Dame d’Haiti, and I have a degree in education at the Formation Initiale Acceleree at the Ministry of National Education.  In April 2013, I was offered an internship at NATCOM, SA (the newest phone carrier in Haiti).  After three months, the Director of the company offered me a contract of employment in the marketing staff.  This is good news for me, because in Haiti work is very difficult to find.  Now I am responsible to prepare the monthly marketing plan for VAS (services that allow subscribers to stay connected). I am also the producer of Bonquiz service Natcom.  I thank God and the members of the Crosby Fund.  I am ready to participate in all projects of the Crosby Fund.  God Bless You!

 

Sponsoring a Student

100 % of your support goes directly to Haiti in support of scholarships.  At the university and technical school level, we make an effort to match your support with a particular student, and if you are are interested, we will send you a picture and the name of your student. Please contact us, and we would be happy to tell you more about the program and help you select a student.  We offer our deepest gratitude to all of our generous donors who support our students.  Because of your generosity, 332 students are going to school. 

 

Annual University Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$1000-$1850

Books

$500

Housing and Food

$750-$1000

 

Total Range

$2250 to $3350

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Technical Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$350 – $500

 

Annual Secondary Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$200-$300

Books

$65

Uniforms

$50

Total Range

$315 -415

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Primary Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$75 -$100

Uniforms

$35

Books

$25

Total Range

$135-160

 

If you are interested in making a donation to support a student please make checks payable to Crosby Fund for Haitian Education and send it to 19 Binney Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.  You may also make a gift on our website www.crosbyfund.org through PayPal®.  All gifts are fully tax-deductible and 100% of your gift goes directly to Haiti in support of our programs.

Annual Budget

 

  The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our annual budget this year is $250,000.  The pie charts show our income and expenditures. The salaries represent our Haitian employees.  There are no paid salaries in the United States, and expenditures in the U.S. represent only 3% of the budget and are funded privately. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Newsletter Fall 2012

Crosby Fund for Haitian Education

Fall 2012

Primary School Scholarship Program Begins

This fall we begin a primary school scholarship program made possible through a generous donation designated for this important initiative.  When we began our program eight years ago, we supported secondary scholarships only for grades seven through Philo (a 13th year for college preparation).  At the time there was a primary scholarship program for kindergarten through 6th grade, therefore, we offered scholarships for the older children. Yet several years ago, the primary scholarship program ceased to function and since then there has been a great need for primary school support.  Many parents in the last few years have asked for assistance to help place their young children in school, and we noticed an ever growing multitude of children not being educated. Our hope and long-term goal was to eventually launch such a program but our funds were limited.

After our visit in June, we arrived home and there was the most exciting message waiting for us on our answering machine.  A woman, very familiar with the area where we work, had recently returned from a visit.  She was surprised and dismayed by all the young children unable to attend school, and she wanted to help with the effort. She gave us a 5- year gift to initiate such a program. Through her generosity, we are able to support 167 children, who attend 34 different schools in a ten mile area. We hired a part-time teacher, Kettelie Petite-Lou Jules, to help us administer the program. She is a Pre-K/K teacher in the area and has been a member of our Board of Advisors since our beginning in 2003. Kettelie has great knowledge of the schools in the area and will be assisted by our Program Manager, Melet DeRose and our two other employees, Franck Cidort and J. Edner Raphael.

Selecting the students was a real challenge because of the extreme poverty in the surrounding towns.  Almost every family needs help.  Our Haitian Board of Advisors, all living in the area, decided to enlist our university students, who were home this summer on break. The studentsgathered local knowledge in the area where they live and visited some families. Our staff conducted the same research. Nominations for scholarship came back to the board for a vote. I know that we left many children behind, but this is a beginning. Our hope is through the years we will be able to expand the program.

 

The primary scholarship program will cover tuition, books and needed materials and a uniform. The average cost per child is about $125 each per year.  This doesn’t seem like much to us, but for a family that makes less than $750 a year this is an expense that is unbearable.  The Haitian government has plans in place to provide free education for all primary students, but this plan will take years to accomplish, especially in the rural area where we work.  The children cannot wait for such a program, and we are deeply grateful for this gift and thrilled to begin this program!

 

Secondary Program:  Grades 7 – 13  (Philo year)

This year we offered scholarships to 122 students at the secondary level.  These students live within a 20 mile radius of Deschapelles, where our office is located in the Artibonite Valley.  They attend 28 different high schools usually within a 4 miles radius from their house.  The schools in the country are very primitive in structure and the class rooms are sometimes dark and crowded.  Many schools do not have electricity or plumbing.  We visited a new primary and secondary school in Verrettes named the Peleican School (see below) and the conditions were really quite good – decent desks, electricity run by a generator, and smaller class size. This school, however, was twice as expensive as the other schools.  We have two students placed here, but we are unable to transfer more. We will observe over the next few years to see if these students excel beyond the others.  Stay tuned!

 

Twenty-three students finished 12th grade (Rheto) this year, and nine of them passed the state Rheto exam and will move on to the Philo year, which is a one-year college preparatory program. If they pass the State Philo exam at the end of the year, they are eligible to attend the universities in Port-au-Prince (there are several good choices).  Entrance in to the Philo program and passing the Philo exam is very difficult, and we are proud to say that we have 7 successful graduates of the Philo, who will receive our scholarships for university study.  Three are female and four are male. To date we have had the good fortune to be able to fund 35 students towards their bachelor’s degree.  This is an ever increasing challenge as university tuitions and housing expenses increase.

 

A Visit to the Institute Mixte Joseph C. Bernard (Peleican) in Verrettes.

L-R, Melet DeRose, CFHE Program Manager, Michelle Griswold (Board Member)

School Principal, Woodson Cerfrere (CFHE student), Landa Bien-Aime (CFHE student)

 Becky Crosby  (Executive Director/Co-Founder) Tom Sherer (Board Member)

Andrew Sherer  and Vaudy Jean-Baptiste (CFHE Program Director) – photo, Ted Crosby

  University Program

We have 7 university students who will graduate from university this fall (typical season for graduations).  Kettie Dorilon, Robens Occean, and Jean Mendel Mesidor with degrees in Business Management from the Universitaire Notre Dame d’Haiti; David Vilma in Accounting from the Institute Universitaire Quisqueya; Pierre Hervey in Computer Science from the Ecole Superieur d’Infotronics d’Haiti; Alphonse Ducasse in Education from St. Ignace; and Pierre Eustache in Management from the Institute Superieur Technique d’ Haiti.  Of the three that have graduated already, Pierre Hervey has found employment at the University Quisqueya, and Kettie Dorilon and David Vilma are actively seeking employment.  We wish them well!

 

Hélène Clervius and Delicier Dieuseul graduated last June in medicine, and they have served as interns this year at the state hospital, Hôpital Justinien in Cap Haitian.  They will finish in October and pursue their careers as doctors.  Hélène received a scholarship last summer to study neurology at the Hôpital Nord in Amien, France.  She is in hopes of pursuing a specialty in neurology in Switzerland through a scholarship. Her plan is to return and be one of the few Haitian neurologists working in Haiti.

 

We believe the University program is critical for the success of our students and to build an educated and qualified group of young people to fill leadership positions in their country.  We have all watched Haiti suffer over the years through lack of leadership, infrastructure and abject poverty.  This destitute situation will never improve without a universal education system for grades K-13.  Lack of public education is the reason 55% of the Haitian people are illiterate and only 15% graduate from high school.  2% of those high school graduates enter the university programs. Many of the leadership roles in Haiti are filled with internationals and that needs to change in order for the country to grow and become more independent and self- sustainable.  We believe education is the answer, and we hope you will consider supporting our university program.

 

In Their Own Words …..

 

We will be featuring some of our university students on our website.  Each profile will offer a picture and a little bit about their lives and program of studies.  Please check out our website, www. crosbyfund.org.   Here is an excerpt from Inozile Jean Wisguens:

 

My name is Inozile Jean Wisguen. I was born May 20, 1983 in Verrettes. I have been a Crosby scholarship recipient since the twelfth grade (Rheto) class, and I now attend a university called Quisqueya University. I am in my third year in the Sciences of Agriculture and Environment, and I will graduate next year.  My favorite classes are geology and ecology.  After finishing my academic studies, I would like to work in the environmental sector.  I could take a training course from the ministry of the environment and learn how to improve my community. My plan after graduating is to focus on one of the following subject matters: ecology, geology, land management, risk and disaster management, or water purification.

 

I must say that the Crosby program has helped me a lot and has changed my life completely. I didn’t imagine I would ever complete my academic studies, because I didn’t have anybody who could help me do so. The Crosby program is a gift from heaven. Five years ago, I was not the same person I am today. The Crosby program has made of me a person of great knowledge. I can’t stop saying a big “thank you” to the people who have sacrificed themselves to make this program what it is today. Through my studies, I have learned a lot of things that I didn’t know before. The Crosby program has changed my life through the good will of people who have dedicated enormous effort to help us pursue our academic studies. I will be able to use the knowledge I gained in the Crosby program in my future work, so that I can help my community and improve the environment. Haiti needs good environmentalists who can help with the reconstruction of the country. A big thanks to everyone who has helped us in one way or another!

 

 

 

Sponsoring a University Student

 

We have 30 university students, and we try to find individual sponsorship for each student – donors who are willing to provide full or partial support (tuition only) at the university level. See the chart below that gives the range of university expenses.  We have 12 students in need of sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring a student, please contact us, and we would be happy to tell you more about the program and help you  select the student, if you wish.  We offer our deepest gratitude to all of our generous donors who support our university scholarship program.

Annual University Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$1000-$1850

Books

$500

Housing

$750-$1000

Food

$900 – $1500

($3 to $5 per day for 10 months)

Transportation

$250

Total Range

$3400 – $5000

 

Technical Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$350 – $500

Annual Secondary Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$200-$300

Books

$65

Uniforms

$50

Total Range

$315 -415

 

Primary Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$75 -$100

Uniforms

$35

Books

$25

Total Range

$135-160

If you are interested in making a donation to support a student please make checks payable to Crosby Fund for Haitian Education and send it to 19 Binney Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.  You may also make a gift through our website www.crosbyfund.org through PayPal®.  All gifts are fully tax-deductible and 100% of your gift goes directly to Haiti in support of our programs.

Technical School Program

Our technical school program was initiated three years ago.  We created it for students who completed high school but did not attend or pass the Philo exam (a 13th year program required for university study).  This year we offered scholarships to 17 students and 7 will graduate this fall.  The technical scholarships offer our students the opportunity to learn a practical job skill to better enable them for employment. The scholarships cover a variety of studies from construction and plumbing to medical technicians and administrative assistants.  Currently we have over 30 students on a scholarship waiting list.  Generally a technical school scholarship is in the range of $350-500 a year and most programs are one to two years in length (see above).

 

Annual Budget

Our annual budget this is $220,000.  The following pie charts show our income and expenditures. The salaries represent our Haitian employees.  There are no paid salaries in the United States, and expenditures in the U.S. represent only 3% of the budget and are funded privately. The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

 

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Newsletter Fall 2011

 

 

University Program: Success In The Midst of Chaos

Last year at this time we were in the process of getting our twenty-six university students back to school.  This was a monumental task, because eleven of the fifteen universities in Haiti had collapsed or were structurally damaged.  This affected twenty-four of our students’ programs of study.  We are pleased to report that as of January 2011, all of our students are back to school.  Some were transferred to different universities and some have stayed at the same university but must endure makeshift classrooms or large tent structures while the university rebuilds.  Vaudy Jean Baptiste, our new Program Director, deserves a great deal of credit for the re-placement of our students.

University tuition has increased and so have student housing costs.  Since the earthquake housing in Port-au-Prince is in demand, making it difficult for students.  Some of our students were living in unsafe tent cities, and others were living in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, making a two–hour to four-hour daily commute to and from their university.  Vaudy has assisted in finding better rooms, but we are still faced with the challenge of boarding our university students.  The average room costs about $1,000 a year, more than double since the earthquake.

Thanks to a wonderful gift received last year, we are able to continue to provide our students with support for their food expenses for the next few years.  We are so grateful for this support and have noticed during our last visit that our students are looking healthier!  Living in Port-au-Prince, even before the earthquake, is extremely challenging. All of our university students are from very poor families in the Artibonite Valley, and their families cannot support them in the city.  Students arriving in the city for the first time are overwhelmed with the challenges of living.  Understanding this difficulty, our older students have created a network of “Crosby Students” who meet periodically and serve as a support group for each other.  With all of these challenges, we are happy to report that three of our university students graduated this past spring: Hélène Clervius in medicine, Delicier Dieuseul, in medicine, and Dianie Ezekiel in secretary/business studies.

Dianie Ezekiel

  Dianie entered the Crosby Fund program in 2005 at the age of 16 as a junior in high school.  She came from a farming family of seven and was not able to complete her high school education.  Through the Crosby Fund, she completed her Philo year in 2008 and entered the Business Institute of the West Indies in Port-au-Prince for a two year program to become a business secretary.  The earthquake disrupted her studies for one year, but we are pleased to report that she graduated in June and is looking for a company where she can serve as an intern.  Dianie’s scholarship was provided through support from Becky and Ted Crosby.

 

Hélène Clervius

Hélène has been in the Crosby Fund program since the beginning in 2004.  She was 21 years old with only one year left to complete high school. We knew from the beginning that Hélène was a very gifted student with a strong determination to be successful in her life.  She was born in the mountains above Deschapelles, where education is very limited.  At a young age, she moved to Deschapelles and lived with relatives so she could go to school, but soon she had no possibility to complete her education.  Through the Crosby Fund, Hélène graduated from high school and went on to Quisqueya University where she majored in medicine.  During the earthquake, Hélène used her medical skills to assist in emergency care to people living around the university.  Quisqueya University collapsed and her final year was a difficult one.  Yet in the midst of this trauma, she graduated at the top of her class and was awarded a scholarship to study neurology over the summer at Hôpital Nord in Amien, Paris.  She then visited another hospital in Switzerland for two weeks.  She has now returned to Haiti to begin her one -year internship at the state hospital, Hôpital Justinien, in Cap Haitian.  The Crosby Fund will assist her with her room and board and medical supplies.  Hélène hopes to continue to study neurology after her internship. There is no program in Haiti that offers this specialty, and she is looking for a post- graduate program in the United States.  Hélène’s scholarship was provided through a gift from the late Alice Powers.

 

Delicier Dieuseul

Like Hélène, Delicier has been in the Crosby program since 2004.  His mother was the sole provider for 4 children, and she did not earn enough money from her little grocery stand to pay for his tuition.  He entered our program at the age of 22, needing only to complete his Philo year of high school (the 13th year).  He had the highest grade point average of all of our students and was admitted into the medical program at the University of Notre Dame in Port-au-Prince.  We interviewed Delicier several years ago to better understand the difficulties of some of our students living in Port-au-Prince. He talked about the challenges of his inadequate secondary education, and how the students from the city are better educated and equipped to study than those from the country.  Unlike our students from the country, the city students have a family network within the city and generally a place to stay.  For the first two years he really struggled to keep up with his studies, and there was no tutoring help, so he worked even harder, studying day and night sometimes by flashlight.  Delicier said that after three years there was no difference between him and the students who were raised in the city. He also shared with us the challenges of living in the city and the long and very frustrating commute to school.  Delicier will join Hélène for a one-year internship at the state hospital, Hôpital Justinien, in Cap Haitian. Delicier’s scholarship was provided through support from John and Heidi Niblack.

 

Sponsoring a University Student

We try to find sponsorship for each of our university students – donors

who are willing to provide $2,500 or more a year to pay for the tuition

and books for one student.  Donors may wish to provide transportation,

housing and food as well.  We have 9 students who need a sponsor.

If you are interested in sponsoring a student, please contact us, and we

would be happy to tell you more about the program, and help you select

the student.  We give thanks to all of our special donors for their generous

support of our university program.

 

Annual University Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$1800-$2000

Books

$500-$750

Transportation

$250-$300

Housing

$750-$1000

Food

$900-$1500

($3 to $5 a day for 10 months)

 Total Range

$4200 to $5,500

 

Laptops Needed

We are always in need of laptops for our university students.  If you have

a laptop with Windows 7 already installed and 1 gigabyte of memory we

would very much appreciate this gift. If you are interested in purchasing a

laptop for a student, we can generally buy them for under $400!

 

Technical School Program

Our technical program was created for students who completed high school and passed their Rheto exam (12th grade), but did not pass the Philo exam (a 13th year program required for university study).  This year we offered scholarships to 11 students, and 2 graduated from our program: Verna Cledomin and Ednige Vameus.  Both Verna and Ednige studied to be physical therapy technicians at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles.  Since graduating, the hospital has hired Verna and Ednige to work in their outlying dispensaries.  The technical program offers practical job skills for young people to better enable them for employment. We have 23 former Crosby students on a waiting list in hopes of having the opportunity to continue their education in our technical school program. This fall, we will select 8 of the 23 students for this program.  Generally a technical school scholarship is in the range of $500 a year and most programs are one to two years in length.

 

  New Agronomy Students

Secondary Program   (grades 7 – 12)

Our secondary program is the largest program in our organization with 120 students.  These students all live within a twenty mile radius of Deschapelles, where our office is located in the Artibonite Valley.  These 120 students attend 28 different high schools within a 4 mile radius from their house.  The schools in the country are very primitive in structure and the class rooms are dark and crowded.  Many schools do not have electricity or plumbing.  These conditions make it very challenging for students to excel, especially when you consider the lack of food and water and the extreme heat (generally over 90 degrees a day).  We require that all students maintain a 60 average to stay in the program.  We offer a tutoring program to help students who fall behind.  Since the earthquake, the classrooms have become more crowded due to the migration of families from Port-au-Prince.  Tuition has risen in some schools over 30% due to the economic crisis since the earthquake and the challenge of finding good teachers to work in the school systems.  The Crosby Fund provides full tuition support, books and a uniform for each student.  The average secondary scholarship is in the range of $325 a year ($200 for tuition, $75 for books, and $50 for a uniform).

 

 

Old Lyme Youth Helping the Youth of Haiti

Andrew Sherer, a senior at Xavier High School, for his senior service requirement, has volunteered to create Haitian geographic educational materials to be distributed through the Crosby Fund.  His goal is to help provide Haitian students with laminated maps and graphs that focus specifically on Haiti.  In November 2011, Andrew will take a trip to Haiti to talk with school administrators about his project. Through the Crosby Fund, Andrew hopes to coordinate with Haitian teachers and students to tailor the materials to their specific needs.  When the materials are completed, Andrew plans to produce laminated copies needed and distribute them to Haitian schools through the Crosby Fund.

 Our New Program Director

In July 2011, we promoted Vaudy Jean Baptiste to the new position of Program Director to oversee and direct all of the Crosby Fund programs in Haiti: the secondary and technical programs in the Artibonite Valley and the university program in Port-au-Prince.  Prior to this appointment, Vaudy was responsible for the university program.  Melet DeRose will continue to be the Program Administrator of the secondary and technical program under Vaudy’s direction.

Vaudy and his wife Zulta in Port au Prince

Kettelie Petit Loute Jules, Secretary

Annual Budget for 2012

Our annual budget this year is $175,000.    There are no paid salaries in the United States, and expenditures in the U.S. represent only 2% of the budget and are funded privately.  100% of any donation goes directly to the educational programs in Haiti.  The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.  All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Fall 2010 Newsletter



Crosby Fund For Haitian Education

We treated our university students to dinner at the Plaza in Port-au-Prince in October 2009.

Rebuilding Our University Program Fall  2010

At the time of the earthquake in January, we had 24 university students studying at 8 of the 15 universities in Port-au-Prince.  After the earthquake, 7 of those universities (11 overall) collapsed, leaving the university program in chaos.  Our first concern was the safety of our 24 students.  We were saddened to have lost one student, Alphonse Antonio in a collapsed university.  Five students suffered head and leg injuries, but have now recovered.   Our organization paid for the medical expenses and gave each student an allowance to replace clothing and personal items lost in the earthquake. The H.J. Promise Foundation offered a gift to replace 10 of the ruined laptops, so essential for university study.

Our second concern was to transfer our students to functioning universities that will enable them to finish their degrees, some students were in the final year of their program.  We hired Jean Baptiste Vaudy, who has a degree in public relations and lives in Port-au-Prince, to work with each student to find the best solution for their academic needs.   Together with Vaudy, the Haitian Advisory Board, and the students, we worked through the spring and summer trying to place each student. Vaudy met with the administrators of each university to see whether or not they had plans for rebuilding and to establish their goals for the immediate future. Some universities are not going to rebuild because of lack of funds.  Other universities immediately set up large tents with cubicles within the tents for classes. Some established these temporary universities in remote areas difficult for students to travel to and from. We visited some of these tent classrooms in May and discovered that some were much better than others.  The set-up that worked allowed classes to function without noise interference from other classes.  Quisqueya University, an excellent Haitian university, collapsed, but has set up a very good tent classroom system and is actively rebuilding.  Six of our students will be transferred to this university.   Fortunately, one of the best universities in Haiti, University of Notre Dame, had very little damage, and we are transferring several students to this school as well.  Both of these universities have substantially increased their tuition costs, which will put pressure on our budget.  We explored the possibility of sending some students to the state university, UTESA, in the Dominican Republic.  The fees to transfer, passports, visas and loss of academic credits amounted to too

Students studying at Quisqueya University under the tent while the University rebuilds.

many hurdles to overcome.  In the end, we transferred only two students to the Dominican Republic.  We are happy to report that as of this writing, all of our university students have been successfully transferred and will resume their education this fall.

Our university scholarship program provides 100% of the tuition, fees, and books ($2,500).  Last year, we provided a $500 stipend toward housing, leaving food and transportation costs for the students to pay on their own.  We found this to be very problematic for some students, who simply did not have the means to eat.  This year we are happy to announce that Sue and Don Joffray have donated a gift that will provide food subsidy for our students.  As Sue said, “It is hard to study when you are starving.”  Thank you Sue and Don for your generosity!  Our students have heard this news and are thrilled to have such kind support.

As you can imagine, the housing situation in Port-au-Prince has become much more problematic.  Students struggle to find a place to live and a room that they can afford.  Prior to the earthquake, a rented room in someone’s house with bathroom privileges was about $300-$500 a year.  Now that same room is $750 -$1000 or more.  Our future goal is to build a dormitory for our students.  We have land that is available for that purpose.  A centrally located dorm would provide decent, safe housing so that our students could focus on their studies.  The students could share in food expenses and transportation fees would be reduced as well.

Ted and Becky Crosby with Carl Freidrich Joseph Antonio Alphonse with Vaudy Jean Baptiste prior to Earthquake


Annual University Student Expenses

Tuition and Fees

$1800 – $2000

Books

$500 – $750

Transportation

$250 – $300

Housing

$750 -$1000

Food

$900 -$ 1500

($3 to $5 a day for 10 months)

Total  Range

$4,200 to $5,500

Sponsorship of a University Student

We try to find sponsorship for each of our university students — donors who are willing to provide $2500 or more a year to pay for the tuition and books for one student.  Donors may wish to provide  transportation, housing and food as well.  We have 9 students who need sponsorship.  If you are interested in sponsoring a university student, please contact us, and we would be happy to tell you more  about the program.  We give thanks to our special donors for their generous gift of university scholarships.

Laptops needed

We have 8 university students in need of laptops.  If you have an unwanted laptop and you would like to donate it as a tax deductible gift, please let us know.  Call Ted Crosby (860-575-5539), and he will  be more than happy to hear from you.

 Technical School Program

Last year, we initiated a technical school program designed for students who completed high school and passed their Rheto exam (12th grade), but did not pass the Philo exam (a 13th year), which is  required for university study.  A Rheto certificate entitles students to enter many technical school programs.  This year we offered 6 technical school scholarships in auto mechanics, air-  conditioning/refrigeration, physical therapy technicians, farming/re-forestation and tailoring.  With the help of Sue and Don Joffray, we plan to increase this program to provide more young people the  possibility of learning a trade that will provide employment. Generally the technical school program is one to two years and costs considerably less than university tuitions.  There are a wide variety of  small schools outside of Port-au-Prince.

Two of our students attend the physical therapy technician program offered at Hopital Albert Schweitzer.

High School Program

This year we are offering 120 students scholarships in our high school program.  These students attend schools that are within a 4 mile range of their house.  Most students walk or take a ‘tap-tap’ to school.  The schools in the country are quite primitive in structure and sparsely furnished.  Most have handmade benches for seating with a higher bench structure that is used as a table.  Schools have a blackboard, but few have electricity and plumbing.  We are astonished that students are able to learn under these crowded and sparse conditions, let alone excel.  Over the years, we have noticed that students generally struggle with math, and their low math scores prevent them from passing the Rheto and Philo state examinations.  We have started an after school math tutoring program, and we are beginning to see some results from that effort.  We are in hopes that our university students who excel in math assist in this tutoring program during their winter and summer breaks as a way of ‘giving back’ to the program and help the younger members in their community.

Current Operations

The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education is managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees in Connecticut who oversee the operations in Haiti. A volunteer Board of Advisors in Haiti assist with the student selection and oversee all aspects of the operation in Haiti.  The Chairman of the Advisory Board serves ex-officio on the Board of Trustees and reports on a regular basis to Rebecca Crosby who serves as the Executive Director of the program.  The Crosbys make frequent trips to Haiti to oversee the operations in the office in Deschapelles and the university program in Port-au-Prince.

A student is selected for a scholarship based on an application, a letter of recommendation, a recent report card, an essay, a personal interview and, finally, an entrance exam.  The Board of Advisors in Haiti reviews the submitted information and recommends students for the program.  These recommendations are brought before the Board of Trustees, who vote to approve or disapprove the selections. Students selected in the program must remain in good academic standing throughout the school year in order to receive scholarship renewals for the following year. Students may continue in the program until they receive a bachelor’s degree or post-secondary certificate.  Regular report card reviews, tutoring opportunities, and communication with the Program Administrator assures this standard.  Students must also remain in good standing in their communities in order to continue to receive aid.  CFHE students are encouraged to get involved in their community through volunteerism in much needed projects.  Students volunteer in the Crosby office on a regular basis.

At the secondary school level, CFHE provides full tuition support, purchases books and required uniforms.  At the university level, CFHE provides full tuition and registration fees, and gives a book, housing and transportation allowance.  Additional living expenses are the responsibility of the student (some find this very difficult).  CFHE has an emergency fund to provide aid for medical and hunger assistance.  CFHE makes every effort to provide laptop computers for those university students who need them for study.

CFHE employs six staff members working in Haiti.  Five work in Deschapelles with the secondary education and technical school programs. They work with the students, parents, principals, teachers, and the Advisory Board, paying tuition, purchasing books, and uniforms.   We employ one staff member who works in Port-au- Prince with the university students and serves as a liaison between the student and the university.

Currently there are 120 students receiving full scholarships for secondary education.  These students range in age from 14 to 28 years and attend grades 7 through Philo, which is a required 13th year for those wishing to go on to post-secondary study.  There are 25 students receiving university scholarships and 7 students receiving support to attend post-secondary technical schools.

 

Students enjoy a festive afternoon as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our program  — October 2009


Fednor Sidort with his father and Ted