Amanda Marie Goddard
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Our Little School in Cite Soleil (Sun City)
I am teaching free English classes to women and men in Cite Soleil, the poorest slum in Port-au-Prince and an area in which gender-based violence is disproportionately high. I love teaching these classes because my students are so eager to learn - I feel as if I'm teaching an AP high school English class to a bunch of kids who are desperate to get into Harvard! The one room building in which I teach is tiny and has space for only 13 chairs. The students push the chairs together so that we can fit 20 people in a class (with 2 people sitting on cinder blocks). I have 4 sections of classes: 2 for men and two for women.
My plan was to teach classes 5 days a week, but the heat made it too hard so I cut back to 4. The school has a tin roof, no electricity (which means not even a fan) and no windows that will open. It can be pretty unbearable. Also, I have no textbooks to give the students, not enough notebooks and pens, no index cards, and very little money to spend on photocopies. I need all those materials as a bare minimum to provide my students with a good education. But still, these women and men are incredibly excited to learn.
The organization for which I am working is a NGO called WE ADVANCE. It focuses on health and health education for women and children as well as on gender-based violence. It has a free medical clinic, provides health education classes, and serves as a safe haven for abused women. Despite a lack of funds, WE ADVANCE is dedicated to doing everything they can to support my English program.
But obviously I need help. Please consider donating to my English classes so that I am able to buy important materials for my students. If you decide to donate, please pay through Paypal on the WE ADVANCE website below. *** Before you click "donate" please write "FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM" under Paypal's "Add special instructions to the seller." *** http://weadvance.org/
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All the best,