A BIG thank you to the Haiti Relief Effort Organization and all the supporters of Haiti Relief Effort. Your donations help keep the school afloat. God bless you. Please continue to help our school so all of us can have a better future. We depend and count on you.
We know that learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's why most of our educators live in the vicinity of the school location to ensure their continuous attendance. Our faculty are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons. The students and the faculty make a great learning t
We know that learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's why most of our educators live in the vicinity of the school location to ensure their continuous attendance. Our faculty are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons. The students and the faculty make a great learning team which shows from the results our kids achieve when they take Haiti's National Exam.
Since the foundation of the School in 2001, every year, our educators follow the curriculum established by the Board of Education. For example, for several years, our kids have passed Haiti's National for 6th graders 100%. In 2019, our kids who took Haiti's 9th National Exam passed 100%.
Our mission is to embrace the pursuit of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Our key role is helping children for a brighter future. We encourage critical thinking and emphasize the learning process over rote memorization to ensure the development of each student.
Right now, for period of time, Haiti Relief Effort will accept cash donations to help the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake. Donations will go towards their relief 100%. Please donate.
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Shipping and handling outside of the area: $4.95
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The School of Masson-Sion in Haiti was founded in 2001 by two sisters, Marie-Iltanna and Marie-Angelique Salomon. As natives of the area, they personally knew of the struggle a child endured just to earn a basic education. Because there was no school in the area, those who had the opportunity to go to school were required to walk up to eight hours a day to and from school, up and down mountainous and rocky paths. To make it to class on time, they were often required to be up before dawn and would not return before twilight, in most instances without nourishment. Watching those children endure the hardship they once knew, the sisters decided to establish the school of Masson-Sion.
Since the inception of the school, the census grew from approximately seventy children to over 400. They experienced rough beginnings which included but not limited to attending classes under trees or make shift tents regardless of climate. Despite rugged conditions, the first sixth grade graduating class of Masson-Sion successfully completed the Haitian National exam with a 76% passing grade. The success of the first graduating class, brought attention to the struggling school from the Haitian Diaspora. With the help of strong supporters, such as David Duchatellier, various groups launched fund raising efforts that led to a better structural environment. In addition to having new classrooms built, the founders were able to hire more qualified staff to teach, thus leading to a 100% passing rate at the National Exam for several years.
After graduation from the sixth grade, many of the students were fortunate enough to get sponsors to support their continuing education in the city, often completing the equivalent of 12th grade. Others attended trade school or obtained work away from the area to help support their families. However, there remains a large percentage of students who lack the opportunity to continue beyond sixth grade, or to obtain employment of any kind. Furthermore, a trend of health problems was noticed by the benefactors of the area. With this growing problem in mind, a group of nurses and doctors traveled to Haiti to complete the first successful Masson Sion Health Fair in February of 2015.
An eager team of health care professionals, as well as ancillary staff, joined forces with David Duchatellier, the leader of the project, to launch this first medical mission. In addition to that team, several non-profit organizations such as the Shani E. Duplessy Foundation, HANA, HAUP and Haiti Relief Effort participated by donating funds, supplies as well as hands on help. The following year, the same efforts were conducted and the second mission took place with an even larger number of medical professionals and volunteers participating. This positive outcome translated into an even more in depth medical assessment and care. Dental and Gynecological care were provided for the very first time. Over the course of the two missions, the medical staff noticed a growing trend of teenage pregnancies. Additionally, ninety percent of the school children were affected by skin problems such as ring worms and sexually transmitted diseases. Soaring blood pressures and arthritis were the biggest problems noted amongst the older population.
Medical Fair or Mobile Clinic continues to take place every February with several physicians, nurses and volunteers in attendance.
While long term resolutions could not be provided to many of the patients with long term issues, there were instances of successful interventions as was the case of a beautiful bright eyed little girl called Monica Metellus. Monica was born with a congenital defect called Imperforate Anus. As a result of this condition, this little girl was condemned to live with a permanent colostomy. Some members of the first medical mission were touched by the plight of that child. They campaigned for financial and medical relief, and secured assistance from the Haitian Community of Minnesota. Nurses and doctors from Minnesota arranged the successful reversal of her condition and removal of the colostomy. Today, Monica lives a normal life.
Having successfully established a primary education program and an annual medical fair for the population of Masson Sion, Haiti Relief is faced with its biggest challenge yet! That of continuing and improving medical services. Post mission debriefings revealed the need for financial support to fund future missions and to provide adequate training and supplies to the local health care professionals in order for them to provide monthly follow-up care. Over the years, generous participation has allowed us to help countless adults and children in a variety of ways. We remain in great need of your assistance. We will accept cash donations, clothing, education materials and medical supplies. Just as important as any of the volunteering your time would bring much needed assistance.
Our medical mission is always scheduled for the beginning of every year. Each one of you reading this will be welcome to take part in this great cause. We also would like you to petition for supplies from your doctors, dentists and other health care professionals and to invite them to join our next mission. Your help and donations will ensure continuous successful years in the lives of that community.
We thank you in advance for your generosity. Haiti Relief Effort is especially thankful for the support of the wonderful community organizations and individuals that joined them in saving one child and one person at a time. HANA, HAUP, Shani E. Duplessy Memorial Fund have been without a doubt, most engaged in this process. Thanks to your help, we look forward to many successful years in the community of Masson-Sion.
Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
Haiti Relief Effort
221-09 Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights, NY 11411
We are appealing to you hoping you will share the same passion and love we have for the children of Masson Sion in Haiti.
The school of Masson Sion was founded over 17 years ago and we have made incredible progress with the help of amazing people. Through the steadfast support and devotion of countless people abroad, such as the Duchatellier, the Duplesy, the Saint Boniface and the Sacred Heart families, this school has grown from less than 100 students at its inception to well over 400 students from pre-K to 7th grade. The School of Masson-Sion, Haiti, registered as, ECOLE COMMUNAUTAIRE DE SION, was founded by Marie Iltanna Salomon and Marie Angelite Salomon in October of 2001. The school was officially recognized by the Board of Education in 2005 with Ms.Marie I. Salomon as principal. It is located is in the 4th section of Procy, zone Masson, Commune de Kenskoff.
The need for this school is of great importance since there were no other schools in that region. The few students who were determined to go to school faced a 3 to 4 hour walk under good weather conditions each way, in order to attend the nearest institution. We are able to report year after year, with great pride, the tremendous accomplishments of the kids from Masson Sion. This school has a 95% passing rate for Certificat, the national exam required of all Haitian students prior to attending secondary school in Haiti, registered with the official Board of Education in Haiti. Most recently, the school sent 12 students to take the Board of Education exam for 9th graders, 10 out of the 12 passed.
In February of 2015, we are proud to announce our first health mission consisting of a team of 30 plus physicians, nurses and other volunteers ready to help address a number of health issues facing the area's population. Since then, we have been going every year to conduct the Health Fair.
Your help in any way possible is of great need and will be deeply appreciated by and the Masson-Sion community. Perhaps you may have access to medical, supplies, may be willing to give a monetary donation or may even want to join us in this venture. We appreciate all the help we can get.
Please contact the number below for more information. May God bless you.
The Haiti Relief Medical Team
For more information on Haiti Relief Mission , please call David Duchatellier at (917)-561-1687
Serving Haiti’s future with Love
Please note: “Haiti Relief Effort” is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please consult with your tax adviser for details.
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