objective of “Global
Network for Progress, Inc”
is to enhance the quality of life of underprivileged children by providing them
with the necessary education, nutrition and means for economic empowerment.
This will allow them to play an important role in building their communities
and educating the next generation. The organization firmly believes that a
sound education is indispensable for acquiring the skills necessary for nation
building: developing and incorporating new technology; advancing science in
healthcare, medicine, agriculture, education, industry, transportation, etc.
Our motivation is based on the following motto “Silver and Gold will decay but a sound education will never
GNP Charity's Schools
Pestel, the Jewel of the
Department of Grand’Anse, Haiti
known as the birthplace of the late president Daniel Fignolé, the small village of Pestel is located some forty kilometers
east of Jérémie, Capital of the Department of Grand’Anse on the western side of
the island. Pestel was founded by the French colonizers and was named after one
of the founders, Pascal Pestel. Pestel remains one of the most beautiful
and captivating village of the country. Its charm begins with its magnificent
location as it is safely nested on the northern coastline of the Atlantic Ocean
protected by the neighborhood islands of “Iles Cayemittes” on the sea side and
on the east by the peninsula of “Bec A Marsouin” extending easterly into the
sea leaving a small passageway known as the Bay of Cayemittes.
To reach Pestel by sea from Port-au-Prince,
chattered boats are available for tours.
Verrettes Allaire is located in the Artibonite
department of Haiti.
It is the second communal section located 3 miles west of Verrettes in the
arrondissement of St.Marc. The Commune of Verrettes is also known as the
birthplace of the late president Dumarsais Estimé. During his presidency,
he made great efforts to modernize the commune of Verrettes by constructing the
water distribution system of “Bassin Vincent”, building streets with sidewalks,
and a modern sewer system. Unfortunately, subsequent governments
abandoned this urbanization work, as the pavement of the streets was not
completed. At Verrettes “l’Eglise de la Nativité”(Church of Nativity)
is still one of the largest churches of the country.
That GNP Faces
thousands of children remain out of school. They run the streets begging for
money; looking for a way to make a few cents for the next meal. These children
don’t have the resources and opportunities to attend school as children do in America and
elsewhere. Within middle class and poor Haitian families, difficult and
alarming decisions are made each day regarding which child gets a chance for a
basic education and which one doesn’t. The public schools, where available,
turn away thousands of students everyday due to lack of space and resources to
The parents of these children are often poor, desperate, and illiterate. They
have to choose between feeding the family or paying tuition to educate one
child. The decisions that parents often make is obvious – feed the family
first, provide basic shelter, then do the best to provide clothing, whenever
In every society,
parents want the best for their children. In Haiti, Poor families generally view
education as a passport out of poverty. Parents know the value of a solid
education. Therefore, the limited opportunities for an education for most
children are difficult terms for parents to accept. Those of us, who have been
exposed to living in Haiti (a country with an illiteracy rate of over 60%),
know that education always comes last and is a luxury since most parents cannot
afford it. The desperate children, struggling to survive on a daily basis,
become the illiterate parents of tomorrow, unable to help themselves or their
children; and the cycle continues from one generation to the next.
Our Accomplishments To-date:Founding
of Two Schools - The
organization, Global Network for Progress, Inc., has established elementary
schools called “The Good Samaritan School”
branched two cities in Haiti.
The first one was created on March 5, 2003 in the village of Pestel
(located 40 km East of Jeremie, the capital of the department of Grand’Anse).
The second school started on September 8, 2003 in Allaire (a suburb of Verettes
in the department of Artibonite).
Both schools started with the model of: one hundred registered students,
a staff of three teachers, one director, and one administrator.
There were four
classes – Pre-Kindergarten through third grade. Today, all together, we are up
to the sixth grade level with a staff of 12 teachers, a student body of more
than 400 students, two directors and two administrators. We have made process!
Progress that we gladly share with the communities there and our supporters
here; both schools follow the Haitian Board of Education curriculum. We are
trying to make a difference one child at a time.
proposed project for the "Good Samaritan school of Allaire,
A) Critical issues in our "Good Samaritan
There are several critical issues related to fundamental
necessities like potable water and sanitation, nutrition, classroom
space, electricity, etc. that must be resolved in both schools
(Pestel and Allaire) as soon as it is financially feasible. If these
problems are not solved in a timely manner, they will severely impact the lives
of the students and definitely inhibit the learning process. We are requesting
your continued financial support mainly to build the “Good Samaritan School of Allaire, Verrettes and solve some of the
most urgent isssues.
B) Acknowledgement and Thanks
Global Network receives strong support from many Caribbean and US
nationals. We find it exciting and surprising that such a broad cross
section of individuals works together for the common goal of providing
educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Haiti. On
behalf of these children, we would like to thank you all.
in partnership with the HIT
After the devastating on Tuesday January 12, 2010 earthquake the Global
Network for Progress in partnership with the Haitian In Transit have created an
unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Haiti. To provide support to
earthquake victims & their families, and long term assistance in creating
new school facilities where needed in Haiti.
GNP Started a new
construction of an elementary schools in Allaire (a suburb of Verettes in the
department of Artibonite) that will elevated and strengthen the much needed
educational capacity/assistance to the resilience families and children of