What is school like in Haiti?
Unlike the U.S., school in Haiti is not free. Families pay a tuition fee per child each year, which can cost up to several hundred dollars per year, depending on the school and grade. In addition, schools require students to wear uniforms and each child must buy their own books for the year. Transportation is also an additional cost, which many families cannot afford. If the school is not within walking distance, students ride the public transportation (Tap Tap or motorcycle) to school each day. Since we believe education is essential to empowering people in Haiti, our sponsorship program has been developed to help cover some of the costs of sending children in our community to school.
How does the Dream Haiti School Sponsorship Program work?
Sponsorship money is combined with other sponsors to help cover the cost of sending children in our community to school. We put all the money together, then divide it up based on need, since each child’s school tuition is a different cost. If there is money left over each month, that money goes towards another child in the community who is unable to pay tuition. The money goes towards tuition costs, uniforms, books, transportation to and from school, and cost of sponsor packets. It may also go to any of our other education based initiatives for the children in the community. As a key part of our sponsorship program, sponsors have the opportunity to establish and develop a personal relationship with an individual child whom they help send to school.
How much of my monthly school sponsorship donation goes to sending a child to school?
All of the money goes to sending a child to school, our overall sponsorship program and education initiatives that are for the children in the community. If we have money left over at the end of the month, it will either go towards another child in the community who is unable or struggling to attend school due to cost or towards our education initiatives that are centered around school age children within our community. As a part of our sponsor program we help cover cost of tuition, uniforms and books for school, along with transportation to and from school. A very small portion of the sponsorship money goes to help cover costs of making the sponsor packets and correspondence letters as well.
How do I communicate with my sponsor child?
We do most of our correspondence via email. This saves time and money. You will not have to wait on the international mail system. Instead, we encourage sponsors to email us letters at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, we send it to our team in Haiti, they translate it into Creole, and deliver it to your sponsor child. After they receive the letter, they will reply, it will again be translated and emailed or mailed back and delivered to the sponsor. Please allow for up to a month of processing time. We also mail our sponsors update letters from their student at least one time a year.
How often can I email my sponsor child?
We encourage sponsors to email their child not more than every two months because we are a small organization and do not have enough staff to take on more than that at the current time. We also ask that you keep your letters within two paragraphs long to ensure a quick reply. However, we want our sponsors to get to know their sponsor child and family so we absolutely encourage consistent communication.
How do I give?
Simply go to our donation page, and choose “Student Sponsorship” when the form asks what you would like to donate towards. Sponsorship costs are $420 as a one-time yearly donation, or $35/ month as an automatic monthly donation.