In 2013, TSF and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Queen took over the orphanage/school project in Noailles, Croix-des-Bouquets (Colimeau neighbourhood) from the Jacqueline Lessard Foundation. At the time, the project had seven boarders, and the school was not operating.
1- Schooling and cafeteria
The program offers preschool and elementary education to more than 200 students. The school aims to provide quality education to disadvantaged children. The cafeteria serves students one balanced meal a day.
To expand the program, TSF offers training to the teachers and organizes various educational workshops.
2- Extracurricular activities program
An extracurricular activities program featuring capoeira was put in place, based on NGO Viva Rio’s program in the Bel Air neighbourhood. More than 100 children participate in capoeira activities, folk dancing, drum lessons, reading workshops, cooking classes, crafts, acrobatics and workshops on global citizenship education.
3- Child development centre
Maison de l’avenir Jacqueline Lessard houses 51 children from Port-au-Prince’s most underprivileged areas. The children eat three balanced meals a day, from a menu put together by a nutritionist, and receive pediatric and dental care as well as an education.
Our approach goes beyond physiological needs; it also aims to make beneficiaries feel safe, give them a sense of belonging, and meet their need for self-development and self-fulfillment.
Our goal is to help these children become responsible citizens that make positive contributions to their community.
4- Social relief and community development program
TSF’s social relief and community development program is offered in an area controlled by armed gangs. The environment is therefore violent and poses serious security risks.
A committee was created with representatives from the area’s four communities, and youth and artisan associations were approached. A telephone charging and drinking water distribution station was installed outside the school’s security walls. A waiting area for parents was also set up, and the program coordinator was given an office to facilitate interactions with the community.
5- Training and awareness activities
– Gender equality
– Waste management / environmental responsibility
– Drinking water
– Social inclusion
Daughters of Mary Immaculate Queen and the capoeira and social education team
Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu