Cavaillon is located in a flat plain region of southwestern Haiti on the road to Les Cayes, approximately 100 miles from Port-au-Prince. Education Equals Hope’s program is located in Anotte, a rural area a few rocky and dusty miles outside of Cavaillon. More than 90% of people in Anotte live on less than $1 USD per day with limited access to clean water and no electricity, indoor plumbing, sewage systems or medical facilities.
E=H funds the majority of the budget for Ecole St Esprit, a private school with nearly 300 students and a feeding program every school day for three levels of kindergarten and primary grades 1 through 9. In addition, E=H coordinates team visits to support health education seminars for all ages, agronomy projects, art and English language workshops for students and a VBS program for approximately 200 children each summer.
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It has been reported that the level of food availability in Haiti is one of the lowest in the world. 1 in 5 Haitian children are malnourished. It is difficult or impossible for children to learn when they are hungry.
For orphaned students pursuing secondary school and higher education, E=H provides financial assistance for tuition, uniforms, books, materials, and fees. Each year 20-25 students receive this support and also receive a meal each school day from the Feeding Program. Many of these orphans live with extended family members who already have their own children and have no means to pay for extra education.