The Education Initiative was Vassar Haiti Project’s very first endeavor. VHP began by supporting the school lunch program at École St. Paul de Chermaitre, which was originally a rudimentary one-room classroom to 175 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. In 2008, VHP established a robust building complex, which now serves 383 students, including the 6th grade. A new kindergarten and multipurpose room is also currently under construction. We are proud to report that the school won Second Prize in a regional academic competition among 55 schools in 2011. We were also delighted to hear that École St. Paul’s pass rate for the pre-secondary Certificat exam was 28 out of 30 students in 2014.
To this day, VHP’s remains financially committed to the school’s lunch program, the subsidization of teachers’ salaries, school supplies and textbooks. Projects on the horizon include health and sexual education, secondary school scholarships, a textbook lending library, and a breakfast program.
In Haitian Creole, tipa tipa means “little by little.” We hope that with the generosity of our supporters and the driving spirit of Haiti, tipa tipa, education for the students of Chermaitre.