J/P HRO helps manage a primary school for 250 students k – 6 in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince. The school staff noticed that many students wouldn’t have have their homework completed the next day, due to the lack of electricity and thus light. This issue is targeting by implementing a solar light homework initiative. The idea is that the lights function as school property. They charge on the secured rooftop all day and then the students bring them home at night to do their homework and studies. The students then bring them back the next day to recharge again. J/P HRO has developed a small agreement between the parents, students and school, that if the lights are destroyed, lost or stolen that there is a small fee to replace it. This is to be paid to the school, not J/P HRO with the sole purpose of replacing the light. The students attend 1st grade to 6th grade. All of the students were residents of the Pettionville Club Camp. The school has now moved to a new location in Delmas 49.
This project works on trust, responsibility, respect for the school and it’s property. The focus is to build on some key aspects of social development that are so important for young children. This project has the ultimate academic goal of improving comprehension and retention of academic skills through increased ability to study and read at home.