Due to Hurricane Matthew we created a new need “Notfallhilfe” (German for emergency aid) to collect money, which we will sent to our local partners: St. Luc, who runs our schools, and nph haiti, our long-term partner. They help with drinking water, food and cholera kits. The more money they have, the more they can help.
We believe education creates opportunities, fosters empowerment, and is required to take control of building a future for oneself.
After traveling to Haiti in 2008, the actress Alissa Jung resolved to advocate for the children and young people in Port-au-Prince, and in collaboration with nph Germany (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos) – an international Non-Governmental Organization active in Haiti for more than 25 years – initiated the project SCHOOLS FOR HAITI. Following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, she alongside dedicated friends, developed the project SCHOOLS FOR HAITI into a full nonprofit organization, Pen Paper Peace in February, 2011.
In Port-au-Prince, PEN PAPER PEACE maintains two schools: “St. Emma” (formerly “Temple de la Grâce”) and “St. Nicolas”. Since even a basic education in Haiti costs money, many of the children in Wharf Jeremie, the most poverty-ridden part of Port-au-Prince, have never had the opportunity to attend. In our two schools, approximately 600 students learn – without paying tuition – to read, write, and count, as well as French, Haiti’s official language.
Alissa Jung states, “The children in Haiti have made it clear to me that our help is effective. After the quake in 2011, we asked the children what they wanted to be when they grew up, and their answers were, ‘A truck driver to clean up the country, a builder to rebuild houses, a doctor to take care of the people.’ We asked them again in 2013, and ‘a teacher’ was one of the most common answers. Our children have a lot of hope, and this certainly comes from the fact that they can go to school. They can learn and believe in the future.”
But the project SCHOOLS FOR HAITI is also aimed at German children and youth groups, and invites them to confront the lives and living conditions of their fellow youth in Haiti. To do this, since 2008, the campaign founder Alissa Jung and a group of volunteers have visited German schools to initiate dialogues with the children and adolescents regarding the similarities and differences in daily life between Germany and Haiti, as well as the human right to education.
SCHOOLS FOR HAITI thus bridges the gap between German and Haitian youth. The campaign raises awareness of social responsibility and promotes the involvement of young people in Germany. With school partnerships, the German students themselves organize fundraisers and thereby learn to stand up for their peers in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Lern more about us at: www.pen-paper-peace.org