The United Brothers School of Munoz
This is a school founded by Haitian immigrant educators for Haitian immigrant children that have difficulty obtaining education in the country otherwise. The school serves the children of a batey, which is a community of agricultural workers that have been neglected by the government over the years as much of the population are illegal immigrants. Their children are not given citizenship as they are seen as people in transit, regardless of whether they have been stable in the batey for decades. This makes the children stateless people with many less opportunities in the country, education being one of them. The school serves these children from pre-K to 6th grade. We also have trained many mothers of the school to make jewelry and other artisan products and have set up a fair trade art shop next to the community where tourists pass by daily on "excursions". Volunteer groups have done a census in the batey community showing that, in an area about the size of a football field, 172 households live with 556 residents. The census assessed their needs, showing one of the greatest being the lack of toilets, causing residents to go to the bathroom on the ground. Therefore, we began constructing human compost toilets as an inexpensive and eco-friendly solution. We also constructed solar lights, solar ovens, planted a school garden, and continue to implement these sorts of initiatives in the batey community. Through the school, we take a holistic approach to community development and change.
Without teachers, there is no school. We strive to take care of our teachers, although with no income from fees paid by parents or support from the government, being a grassroots organization, we have to get creative. $5 will pay one teacher for one day. This one teacher teaches 15-20 students. Our school has five teachers teaching 9 levels. If everyone gives a bit, we can support our teachers. $5 pays a teacher for one day.
What To Bring
School supplies and hygiene items are the best things to bring. Pencils, pens, composition notebooks, paper, construction paper, staplers, staples, tape, coloring books, books in Spanish, Haitian Creole, English, soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpastes, vitamins. Thank you for your genorosity!
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