Year in Review: NPFS Boasts Olympians and Top-Mark Graduates in 2019
From winning gold at the Special Olympics to achieving a 100% pass-rate, see how the children of NPH Haiti came out victorious in a year of political and social upheaval.
February 6, 2020 - Haiti
Success no. 1: NPH Haiti children win gold, silver, and bronze at the Special Olympics
On 6 March 6, two children from special needs home Kay Christine participated in equestrian events at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Darlene Milford won one gold and two silver medals, while Christopher Philemon Pouloute was awarded one silver and one bronze medal, as well as a fourth-place finish. Both were first-time competitors in the Games. NPH Haiti is blessed to have such talented riders compete on a world stage and demonstrate that Haitian athletes are just as talented as others around the world when given the opportunity.
NPH Haiti looks to provide opportunities to more special needs children by building a new facility for the children of Kay St. Simon, currently staying at the St. Anne baby house.
Success no. 2: First-ever graduating class of EMAL shows triumph born of disaster
Some 21 students became the first-ever graduating class of Ecole Mixte Angel de Lumiere (EMAL) on 19 July 2019. This group of bright young people finished terminal (12th grade) to become the first group to graduate from the school inaugurated just seven years ago in response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
All of the students graduated and achieved a 100% pass-rate for Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs (or NPFS, the French name for NPH). They are now looking at university placements to continue their careers.
To learn more about the success of EMAL, click here to read more.
Success no. 3: The school at St. Helene expands to offer grade 11
In 2019 NPH Haiti added a new grade to the school in St. Helene. The upper secondary school now offers an 11th grade curriculum to community students.
As with the other grades, families of community students pay a nominal fee, otherwise the school is free. The enrollment increase was made possible with increased hours for teachers and a salary increase, but the staff numbers remained the same.
The goal 2020 is a 12th grade class.
To read more about the education landscape in Haiti, click here to read more.
"2019 was one of the most difficult and chaotic years for us in Haiti. All of us suffered a lot. The crisis spared no one. Since February 2019, the country has been affected by intense political turmoil of the likes Haiti had never faced before," says NPH Haiti National Director Kenson Kaas.
"I would like to thank each of you for your continued support for us and the NPH family. Your help and prayers keep us strong. NPFS strives to build better futures for Haiti’s children through our education programs. We congratulate the students of our St. Helene home in Kenscoff and the Ecole Mixte Ange de Lumiere in Tabarre who achieved incredible grades in the national exams for the 2018-2019 academic year, with 100% of our students in 9th and 12th grade making the grade."
"A special congratulations also goes to the first round of 12th grade students who graduated from the EMAL."
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Communication Officer, NPH Haiti