CAM School in Despinasse
Thanks to generous donations from Catholic Assistance Missions supporters and volunteers, the CAM School in Despinasse continues, but the work is never finished.
The school now has 270 young students and is growing! For a child to spend the day at school instead of farming the fields, going to market, or doing chores is a struggle for most rural families. But in Despinasse, there is a great interest in the CAM School.
Seven CAM students recently took the state exams, and all seven passed! The test is difficult for most Haitian students and has a 90% failure rate.
Exasperating the difficulty for CAM students, the state exam is written in French, when most students read and write in Kreyol.
These children will now advance to secondary school well prepared with the education they received from the CAM School.
All school books and 200 uniforms for the new school year were distributed to CAM students.
With the growing number of students, it is essential that three more classrooms be added to the CAM School. But, because extra land is almost non-existent, the classrooms will be built across the street from the playground. The foundation has already been laid for this new project.
A water filtration system was installed on a recent CAM trip. The school now has fresh drinking water as Haiti still struggles with a Cholera epidemic.
A library is being constructed, and the CAM board decided it was a fitting tribute to it's founder and former president to name it the "Doug McDougall Library".
The library already has books in trunks and on shelves. CAM is raising money to finance more shelves for the Doug McDougall Library and a plaque will be dedicated in Doug's honor.
The CAM School is not just for kids anymore. The school has opened it's doors to Despinasse villagers for Summer school. Summer school classes will focus on adult education.
Finally, six CAM School students recently made their First Communion! God Bless!
by Chelsea McDougall