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GGH Featured on “Global Innovations”

Greater Good Haiti Director, Kelly Kobza, and volunteer Robin Bougeja are featured on Chris Grahan’s San Francisco Bay Area’s “Global Innovations” program to discuss their ongoing work in Haiti.

Our Graduated Students Come Back to Visit!

Haiti StudentsFormer students always come to visit when they hear that Kelly is in town. We are so proud of these kids. Some are now in 9th grade others 8th grade and now we have 10 new 7th graders who have graduated from our program. 27 kids have graduated from our program and ALL 27 are continuing their educations, several are at the TOP of their classes!

100% Pass Rate for GGH Students!

Haiti Students in ClassWe are incredibly HAPPY and HONORED to announce that once again, ALL STUDENTS who took the National mandatory 6th grade matriculation exam have PASSED. Yes, that’s right for the second year running we have 100% passing rate. Please understand what an achievement this is, the national average passing rate is 20%.

Congratulations to ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS!

We could never have accomplished this without the generous and continued support of our donors.

As the 2016/17 school year is about to begin, we hope that our success inspires you to be a supporter of this amazing and oh so important work. THANK YOU.

We Must Have Education…

Mural Haiiti

“We must have education so that we can fly like a bird.”

Our dilapidated mural says: “We must have education so that we can fly like a bird.”

The students came up with the phrase after looking at a photo of birds flying and were asked to create a sentence about the importance of education using this image as the connection or basis of your sentence. Then in groups they chose the one from their group that was most inspiring and then as a whole group the chose the one that got painted on the wall. It was a fantastic activity!

They All Passed the 6th Grade Exam!

2015-12-graduatesToday we got some amazing, fantastic news. All of the Pi Gwo Byen students who took the 6th Grade Matriculation Exam this year–12 kids ranging in age from 12 – 16, passed the exam! When they started in our program 3 to 4 years ago, they couldn’t read or write, and had never gone to school before.

We are so very proud of these kids and their perseverance. Kudos to each and every one of them! Kudos to the TEACHERS and Staff at Pi Gwo Byen! And thanks you to each and every one of our supporters. This would not have happened without your kind and generous support! Together we all serve the Greater Good!

The Evolution of the Garden Boat

2015-04-garden-boat-1The evolution of our garden in a boat! There was this old worn out boat on our beach, left by a man who has since moved to Miami. We had been planning a raised bed garden when we realized the boat would make an excellent container for our garden.

We had soil from the mountain hauled down to fill the boat. We planted the seeds donated by Marie and her friend, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, basil, eggplant, squash, spinach, chives… all went in the boat garden. Now we wait for the produce which will be added to our daily lunch!
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Map Your World Survey Project

map-your-world-haitiCheck out our Community Mapping Project… visit mapyourworld.org We think you will be impressed by the work of our class and the information you will find in our survey and map!

Thanks to Nicole and Jenni at Map Your World…

English Classes for All the Children

2015-04-free-english-class-haiti-2At Pi Gwo Byen (aka Greater Good), when Kelly is in town, we offer free English classes to all the children and adults of the neighborhood! Sometimes it gets crowded, but we make room for everyone!

Haiti Update: December 2014

GGH-teamIn the last year much has transpired at Greater Good International – Haiti.

We are thrilled to share with you news about children from our school, “Lekol Pi Gwo Byen,” who took the 6th grade Haitian National Exam last June.

With your kind and generous support to our efforts, 12 students who had never attended school  started at Pi Gwo Byen with one teacher in January of 2011.  In June 2014, after only three and one half years, we sent 8 of them to take the Haitian National 6th Grade Exam.

emmanuel-graduatesWe are so proud and pleased to tell you that 5 of the students passed the exam!  Roseberline, Maxsondy, Kimberlie, Emmanuel and Rosedalie, and their families all thank you with a deep appreciation and heart felt gratitude. Thank You.

Illiteracy in Haiti is a big problem.  The US Department of State reports[1] that “49% of children entering third grade are unable to read a single word.” According to USAID[2], in 2007 fewer than 22% of all Haitian children moved on from elementary to secondary education, a number that fell after the earthquake in 2010.  You can understand our satisfaction and great sense of our students’ accomplishments. Two-thirds of our eligible students took the exam, and more than half of them passed!

That was our first-ever attempt.  This year we are aiming at a higher rate.

Meet Kimberlie, standing with teachers Benira Paul (left) and Rosemanie Estama (middle) and Kelly Kobza (right) at Lekol Pi Gwo Byen. Kimberlie is extremely proud to have passed the exam and explained that she had not believed it possible that they would be ready in 3 years to take the exam.

Meet Kimberlie, standing with teachers Benira Paul (left) and Rosemanie Estama (middle) and Kelly Kobza (right) at Lekol Pi Gwo Byen. Kimberlie is extremely proud to have passed the exam!

Youfender, one of the children who took the exam but did not pass said to me, “Kelly m’pwomèt m’ap pase ekzamen an ane sa a.”  (“Kelly, I promise I’m going to pass the exam this year.”)  He said this with such determination that I believe him.  The 3 who did not pass and the 4 who did not take the exam are continuing on with teacher Benira, along with 5 students from the second class, taught by teacher Rosemanie, which started 2 years ago.

Rosemanie is now teaching a second class of 12 students. All students who are ready, to take the exam in June shall.  The children understand that we can do this: take children in who have never attended school, teach them to read so that they can then read to learn, and eventually, on a fast track, successfully pass the 6th grade National Exam!

None of what we have accomplished would have been realized had we not received donations from  you.  Every donation counts. If your holiday giving plans include the students of Lekol Pi Gwo Byen, know that you will make a real difference.

Blessings,

Kelly Kobza
Founding Director
Greater Good Haiti

[1] http://www.state.gov/s/hsc/factsheets/2013/212160.htm

[2] http://web.archive.org/web/20071017050613/http://www.usaid.gov/ht/education.htm

Pi Gwo Byen, Fall 2014 Photo Album

This was a very exciting visit, as we held our graduation ceremeony for the children who passed their sixth grade exam. See the most recent photos of Lekol Pi Gwo Byen, Fall, 2014.