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Any donations for Hair for Haiti will be used to pay the teachers' salaries at the school in the video. Many Haitian schools have a feeding program for the students, because many of them don't eat well at home and it is difficult to learn when you are hungry. We donated some money to offer the students a free meal while we were there that even had some veggies in addition to the rice and beans. The last time these students received a meal at school was almost a year ago. Many students did not eat their portion but took their little containers home with them to share with their family.
As we support the teachers from this school in the refugee-camp-turned-permanent-settlement in the year ahead, they might be able to get their feet under them again and be able to keep running the school self sufficiently.
It is great that this mother is allowed to volunteer at the school in exchange for her children's tuition, but when so many parents can't afford to pay, the school cannot afford to pay teachers, which are essential to education when the school can't even afford a blackboard for the classrooms! If they enforce tuition payments, then parents need to choose between feeding their children this week or giving them an education for their future. What would you choose?