RBR ON THE ROAD – Day 4 Haiti

Seth Stammer presented certificates to the 34 scholarship winners in Haiti

It was an inspirational day today for RBR as we traveled with Seth and Jeremy throughout Port-au-Prince. We were off shortly after 9 am and our guide Gwynne Beatty from Trilogy International, know locally as Voila, had quite a day packed for us. Seth met Gwynne in 2006 on the first tour when she worked for Yele Haiti, Wyclef Jean’s foundation. They have kept in touch and together set all of Seth’s foundation in action.

First stop on the tour was the Louveture Cleary School in Croix des Bouquet section of Port-au-Prince, one of it’s poorest. There we saw the school that Voila works with and assists sending 370 boys and girls ages 11-18 to school. They learn four languages (English, French, Creole and Spanish). The students board there in dormitories with 12-14 kids to a room. They go to school five days a week, and then go home on weekends.

After a quick lunch stop, we were finally off to the school where Seth’s Sporting Chance Foundation has endowed the students with scholarships. The school – Ecole Classique et Professionalle Sainte Marie. First we met with the class of 34 scholarship winners ages 5-14. When we arrived the welcomed us with a song in French. The kids spend all day in a 12’ x 14’ cement classroom with wooden row desks that seat four. After greeting us, Seth thanked them for their hard work as this was the first time that he had actually met the kids that he knew by names, as they were selected by a committee to receive the scholarships. Then each kid was called up by name and given their certificates of achievement. These certificates are the highlight as it shows what they have accomplished by being scholarship winners. Then a celebration of cake and drinks was had by all.

After the first class, we met the Accelerated program scholarship winners. Just 15 kids, ages 5-15, these kids were all in school uniforms from different parts of Port-au-Prince. It was explained to me that the competition for the students to receive the scholarships was competitive and that they had to take an exam to be selected. A similar ceremony was held with certificated presented and a cake celebration. But it was more than that as the parents of these kids stood outside the classroom watching through the holes in the cinderblock to see their kids be presented with certificates. One parent actually had a cell phone with a camera and pushed it through the hole and asked for a picture to be taken. After the celebration, we spend some extra time with the kids and presented them with Sporting Chance Foundation t-shirts with Seth’s name and number on the back.

The youngest Jean Wilby Brutus, just five years old, told us that his dream was to be a doctor. As the kids left, the young girls came up to each of us and kissed our hands and said merci. The parents glowed with pride as their kids walked away with certificates, t-shirts, backpacks and the knowledge that their child has a chance to succeed in a very tough place by receiving an education through the work of Seth Stammler’s Foundation and the local partnership with Voila and some very dedicated people on the ground in Haiti. Hopefully, Jean will be a doctor someday.

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6 Responses to “RBR ON THE ROAD – Day 4 Haiti”

  1. Go Red Bulls Says:

    These have been great reads, nice to here about all the good Seth’s charity is doing

  2. calcio4us Says:

    Valuable work – hats off to all involved!

  3. sayan1985 Says:

    I would like to congratulate everyone.

  4. Olimpia Mckendall Says:

    Personally I don’t think that Mr. Handsome has received enough accolades for his humanitarian efforts. In my opinion a lot of celebrity do-gooders are totally phony and engage in so called good deeds merely for positive publicity. I have to say that I don’t think that George is one of the phonies out there in the world of celbrity do-gooders. I admire what he is doing for the Haitian people. I wish more celebrities were as real as he is when it comes to helping out those less fortunate in the world. So kudos to George and his desire to make this world a better place.

  5. Ardelle Sabados Says:

    Personally I don’t think that Mr. Handsome has received enough accolades for his humanitarian efforts. In my opinion a lot of celebrity do-gooders are totally phony and engage in so called good deeds merely for positive publicity. I have to say that I don’t think that George is one of the phonies out there in the world of celbrity do-gooders. I admire what he is doing for the Haitian people. I wish more celebrities were as real as he is when it comes to helping out those less fortunate in the world. So kudos to George and his desire to make this world a better place.

  6. Jenny Says:

    I love the color of their school uniforms. I wish ours were a cute color like that.

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