Through its schooling program, Foundation Enfant Jesus (FEJ) believes that high-quality programs for children and their families are achievable on a national scale. The goal of FEJ is to serve as a model of excellence in childcare and educational services.
The School Enfant Jesus was created to serve the growing needs for the education and care of preschool and school aged children of working families at Larmardelle and the surrounding community. Our goal is to facilitate the development of children and strengthen and support families in whatever forms they may take. We view all people, children and adults, as engaged in their own developmental process and deserving of our respect and care. A key focus is addressing the severe malnutrition conditions of many of the children who are attending the school. Malnutrition often stems from a lack of knowledge, not a lack of food. Thus, nutritional education – teaching people the best foods to use from readily available sources – is and will be a major focus of our nutrition program within the coming years. FEJ programs are designed to address lasting solutions to reduce malnutrition and improve children’s lives. By educating parents and the community on the importance of good nutrition and exploring ways to increase food availability, FEJ ensures that children will not only survive, but lead healthy lives.
The foundation meets the needs of families through the provisions of an integrated program of child care and related services. Three service areas are included; they are as follows: Child Care, Family Support, and Development.
The Foundation’s aim is to create a model program and community service center that will utilize the school structure to strengthen and support families through meetings, conferences, informal parent/ teacher communications, as well as disseminating informational materials within the school and the community.
In the previous year, the school program has served as a model of quality and innovation in childcare services. It is also one of the oldest existing schools related to childcare programs in the region. As a result of these capacities, it is visited by dozens of interested parties annually; organizations interested in establishing child care programs and groups and individuals from abroad who are interested in childcare.
The school serves as a training center for students. It also strives to serve, train and employ the diverse members of the community. The philosophy of childcare is the prime determining factor in the quality of experience provided to the children attending the program.
The philosophy determines not only how the program is organized and implemented, but as to what kinds of staff are hired and how they interact with the children. The directors are responsible for establishing the program’s philosophy and insuring its implementation. The school serves as an extension of the family’s child rearing efforts through the care and education of children. Fulfillment of this role requires meeting criteria far beyond the minimum, which is mandated by the government.
Sponsorship for the Children
The FEJ has designed a sponsorship program of financing the schooling of children through the contributions of donors. Foundation Enfant Jesus gives you the opportunity to sponsor a student or a whole class from the Enfant Jesus School, and to participate effectively in their education and their development. All contributions will allow Enfant Jesus school to offer a quality education to each child or class from the Lamardelle village and its surrounding areas, and to provide these children with all their primary needs which will facilitate them in reaching a satisfactory educational capacity. All contributions will allow us to cover the following expenses:
- Books & School Stationery
- School Fees
- 2 Meals Per Day
How can you help? You can make a difference through making a contribution by:
- Making a one time donation.
- Partial Sponsorship of a child – $30.00 USD monthly or $360 USD annually. (excluding after school programs)
- Full Sponsorship of a child – $36.00 USD monthly or $432 USD annually. (*including after school programs)
- Sponsoring a class with approximately 35 child students per class – $1,260.00 USD, plus $350 USD monthly (if the complete class is included in the after school program) or $15,120.00 USD annually.
*Please Note: After school programs include music, theater, and vocational programs which are not part of the academic requirements from the Ministry of Education
With Your Gift of Sponsorship:
- We ask the sponsor for a letter to introduce themselves to the sponsored child and share with that child the support that they will be getting from you, their sponsor.
- We ask the child to respond to this letter within the first trimester of school and share any special interests with the sponsor.
- We send a quarterly report to the sponsors regarding the child(ren)’s academic progress and aptitude, as well as a yearly medical update.
- We encourage the sponsor to write to the child every trimester to provide emotional and moral support (OPTIONAL).
- Children often times will send letters/drawings to their sponsor every trimester (Christmas, Easter, and summer vacation).
- Sponsors are welcome to visit their sponsored child at any time in Haiti in the village of Ti mache Le Tellier, Lamardelle.
- At the end of each school year, sponsors will receive the child(ren)’s final report card and class picture.
Prevention Program Through Nutrition and Health
The School Canteen provides the students with at least two hot meals a day and incorporates a nutritional and health component in the school program with the following emphasis of awareness:
- Deadly diseases, some preventable by simple childhood immunizations, continue to take away children’s lives and hopes for their future. FEJ battles childhood diseases and conducts diarrhea and malaria prevention programs, while improving access to clean water and proper sanitation while the children attend the school.
- Working with health providers, FEJ strives to protect children and communities from malaria and tuberculosis.
- Provide children in the school clean drinking water to protect against childhood diseases. Community-based approaches to help families and caregivers recognize if children have Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) and where to seek treatment.
- Malnutrition often stems from a lack of knowledge, not a lack of food. Thus, we offer nutritional education – teaching people the best foods to consume from readily available sources. This is one of the major focuses of FEJ’s nutrition program.
- FEJ program is designed to address lasting solutions to reduce malnutrition and improve children’s lives. This ensures that children not only survive, but lead healthy lives.
- A systemic structure monitors and pays much more attention to the nutrition of the pre-school and school children. Therefore, nutritional health becomes an integral part of primary health services, especially for infants, pre-school children, and school-aged children.
Our School Program
The school’s program is in accordance with the criteria required by the Haitian Ministry of Education. Founded 18 years ago, despite multiple obstacles in different facets, it has allowed all of us to gain years of knowledge and experience in the field, and to better evaluate the needs of the community. This overall experience has allowed us to implement a community-based educational program that provides our students and their families a holistic approach to their educational and other needs. This approach is based on the multiple struggles that the majority of the children and their families are confronting in this very poor region where most of the parents are impoverished farmers. Early childhood nutrition and health care are essential components of the school’s program, and cannot be ignored if the children are to succeed. The School’s structures incorporate all of the following components based on the approach mentioned above:
- Elementary Classes
- Remedial Classes
- Distance Learning (online/internet)
- Special Educational Classes such as athletic sports, music, art, theater, and dancing
- Vocational Training
- Family Involvement