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What we will be doing
In the summer of 2013 Dresses for Haiti and The ACT Collective (Arts, Community, and Transformation) in collaboration with SewGreen will be supporting education through art and fashion for 200 students in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti.
In collaboration with our local partners in Haiti, Groupe Solidarite aux victemes Haiti 2010 (GSH), the Mayor of Anse-a-Pitre, Ylly Momplaisir, along with 5 district schools, and local tailors we hope to be able to provide uniforms and backpacks for young children in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti. Mariangela Mihai Jordan (ACT Collective co-founder) will also provide photography workshops at each of the 5 district schools we visit.
Why is this important?
Anse-a-Pitre, a small rural fishing village located at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant community. Local community members make a living working hard to provide for themselves and their families.
Despite hard work, education is still a major cost in Haiti. Statistics show that from ages 6-14, approximately 60% of students will not start school because of high costs. Due to a large amount of private schools and very few public free schools, on average, school costs start at about $130 per year. This number is staggering when you consider that a family makes about $660 (US) dollars a year per capita. In rural areas such as Anse-a-Pitre, the poverty rates are even more stunning with poverty rates of 84%.
By providing uniforms and backpacks we are able to take significant costs away from the families and allow them to focus on their children’s education and prevent their children from dropping out.