Referred to as La Perle des Antilles (the pearl of the Antilles) by the French, the Republic of Haiti is rich in natural beauty and history. This Caribbean country is the only country in the world to be established as a result of a successful slave revolt (1804). Despite periods of instability and devastating natural disasters, the people of Haiti rise again and again with the hope of a better tomorrow.
“Thanks to MBB, I am in 10th grade this year. After I finish my studies I plan to become an agronomist so that I can improve the soil for farmers.”
“Now that I’m an MBB scholar, I am able to stay in school, and can even attend the best school in the Gros Morne town.”
“I love this program! My father does day labor from house to house and my mother is sickly. Without MBB I would not be in school. I am very happy now.”
The MBB Approach in Haiti
Due to extreme poverty, two thirds of Haitian children– most of them girls– are not able to attend school. Most schools are private, requiring tuition many families cannot afford. Mercy Beyond Borders focuses its work in the rural area of Gros Morne, Haiti. Whereas many nonprofits work only in the capital, Port-au-Prince, or in major cities, we believe women and girls in rural areas also deserve opportunities. Our MBB approach includes high school scholarships, safe lodging, and leadership training.
MBB offers scholarships to over 100 secondary school girls in Gros Morne, Haiti, plus free computer classes to help our scholars thrive in today’s technology driven economy. MBB also gives an annual grant to St. Gabriel’s, the only all-girls primary school in Gros Morne.
For bright scholars who are unable to commute daily from the mountains to attend the school of their choice in town, MBB provides safe housing at our two scholars’ lodges. Residing closer to school allows the scholars time to study and make new friends, while avoiding placement as vulnerable restaveks (maids) in strangers’ homes.
Every year MBB hosts leadership training for its MBB scholars. During this week-long workshop, scholars connect with one another in a relaxed environment, explore ways to improve their communities as volunteers, and develop the leadership skills they will need in the future.