An Update from Sister Myrtha Louis of École Mère Louise (EML School)

10-13-2020

I am sorry to report that over the last month civil unrest has been on the rise again in Port-au-Prince, most recently due to the murder of a local prominent lawyer, Monferrier Dorval, head of the bar association. Protestors have taken to the streets to demand justice.  As around the world, our schools are impacted by everything around us. The Haitian Ministry of Education opened schools in early August to make up for lost time due to the pandemic. We held classes in early August but the mounting violence has forced the government to close all schools temporarily.

Our plan is to reopen later in the month. It is possible that the government, however, may push for reopening schools in November instead.

Due to the pandemic and civil unrest, many parents of EML students have been unable to work or sell their goods in the marketplace to pay for tuition and buy new uniforms for their children.  Since school is temporarily closed, the students’ access to nutritious meals is also limited.

It has been a challenging time on many levels but we are very blessed and grateful for all that ITIAH Angels For Learning (IAFL) volunteers are doing to help us survive and thrive.  Your support provides us with the sustenance that we need and gives us hope for a better tomorrow.  God bless each and every one of you.

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