The Siloe Project dba Pazapa
October 5, 2010
In Haitian Creole, PAZAPA means “step by step,” and that is how our school in Jacmel continues to move forward. The Pazapa School provides educational and nutrition programs as well as essential medical and surgical treatments for the students. Special education as we know it in American schools does not exist in Haiti. There is no public source of help for children with disabilities, so it is no exaggeration to say that Pazapa is a lifeline for our students and their families.
Last year Haiti was ravaged by hurricanes. Many families were already living in mud when the third storm hit the island. Then came the earthquake. The depth of poverty there is beyond what most of us can even imagine. Yet in this challenging environment, the strong spirit of the Haitian people does not waiver, and the families of Pazapa continue to value education for their children. Our school was destroyed, but we are rebuilding, and in the aftermath of the earthquake, we provided life saving assistance to the Pazapa families. Along with food, clean water, and housing assistance we assured them that their children would survive and continue to receive an education to allow them to fulfill their potential and live meaningful lives.
Pazapa runs efficiently on a small budget, and the Board operates in a fiscally responsible manner to ensure that we can continue to help the children and families of Haiti move forward “step by step.”
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
. . . communications with the Haitian director. She shares pictures and stories of the students and their achievements.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the sense that I am assisting students with disabilities who live in extremely difficult circumstances.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
provide a way for the families of our students to move out of abject poverty.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I am involved in fundraising and am developing a project to send American teachers to Jacmel to provide inservice training to the Pazapa staff.