The Don Bosco Villa is a complex of six houses built for the children of NPH Haiti who have graduated from the 9th grade and are ready to move forward with their education. These are NPH children that have lived and studied at either the orphanage and school in Kenscoff or in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince. The villa houses the youths (age 14 to 25) who do not have friends or relatives to live with in Port-au-Prince. These individuals either attend the local high school or are educated through our university or vocational school programs.
Through the support of NPH, the residents of the villa receive a constant supply of food for breakfast such as peanut butter, jelly, bread, fresh fruit, cereal, and milk. Having a full belly before a long day of classes helps our youths stay focused and do well in school. Every day they come home to a hot lunch prepared by the St. Luke Foundation Francisville kitchen. Lunch normally consists of meat, rice, beans, vegetables, and juice. The students gather around and share this meal together. Left overs or occasionally home cooked meals are eaten for dinner and the students are very grateful that they have a good source of daily nutrition. Villa students have all three meals a day and snacks provided for them.
Food for the Villa is often purchased at a sister nonprofit humanitarian organization St. Luke. The production and training center operated by St. Luke produces tilapia fish, pasta, bread, and peanut butter, all of which are utilized by Don Bosco.
University: The University program current has 103 (age 18 to 30) former NPH students that it supports with 94 of these students living with friends, family, or in NPH rented homes with each other in the Port-au-Prince area. The students attend Notre Dame University in Port-au-Prince, a catholic university that offers degrees in political science, medicine, economics, agriculture, humanitarian sciences, etc. These students are monitored and keep in touch with NPH staff members and must maintain good standing with the Notre Dame University in order to continue to receive the support of the University program.
The University students will often times live with other university students, friends, or relatives and have different degrees of meals provided for them through their housing arrangements. In order to accommodate the wide variety of University students and their different levels of food needs, the program gives some students a monthly stipend which they can then divide to best suit their individual needs. The stipend is based off need and thus not every student in the program receives it. The help we give these students allows them to focus on their education and become not only a university graduate but a positive contributor to society.
Secondary or Vocational School: Students who graduate from the 9th grade at the NPH programs and wish to continue their education in a specific field are able to attend vocational schools. As much as possible these individuals live with a relative, or friends and attend private high schools such as the Artist for Peace and Justice School or are apprentices in vocational programs. There are currently 228 students being supported by NPH that are attending secondary or vocational school. Similar to the university students, some of the secondary students receive a stipend for food and transportation each month. Although due to the level of support they receive elsewhere as well as their lower amount of need compared to independent University students, the stipends are not equal. Secondary students will use some of their stipends for street food and snacks to keep their bellies full as they study.
We are requesting funds for food for the 63 Don Bosco Villa Residents, the 94 university students, as well as the 228 Secondary and Vocational School Students.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact your nearest fundraising office. Click "Sponsor Project" to give an online donation. We are very grateful for any amount you can donate.
Note: the project cost includes a 10% premium to support the general needs of NPH and its children.
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