The smiles of happy children warm anyone’s heart. PRW’s holiday card was designed to bring cheer to all of our classmates…but it also brightened the day of Susy Whitcomb, the president of our grantee, Haitian Educational Initiatives (HEI). Read her note of thanks and learn the connection between a peanut butter sandwich, a happy kid, and a better education:
I was absolutely thrilled to open PRW’s Christmas card and to see what gorgeous use you made of the HEI material. I love it! Your grant is already making a huge impact.
The addition of an afternoon snack to our tutoring program has transformed attendance and performance. No parent will allow her child to miss the peanut butter sandwich and juice each day, so every child is attending the sessions and they are lively, happy, and alert. Our problem now is having to turn children away because we are currently at maximum capacity.
Also, I delivered six more computers in November so we can expand the number of children taking lessons and hire a proper instructor.
On behalf of all the children and staff in Jacmel*, as well as the Board of HEI, I thank you for your invaluable support and wish you a very happy holiday season.
Martha Parry Clark sponsored this project. Learn more about PRW’s support of HEI at: http://projectredwood.org/haitian-education-initiatives
* A port city in Haiti devastated by the 2010 earthquake.