Promoting a global culture of solidarity with the poor - in Haiti, Africa, and beyond. - for a more just and sustainable world . . .
To contribute to the Education for Change Fund click on DONATE NOW and select "Education for Change".
We especially welcome monthly donors whose support will make possible additional scholarships and enable more youth to become agents of positive change in Haiti.
In 2010 Peterson Alcius (shown left with Fr. Patrick) was forced to drop out of high school when both his parents were killed in the massive earthquake that struck Haiti. Last year, thanks to the “Education for Change” fund, Alcius had the highest score of anyone in his class on the Ministry of Education secondary school graduation exam. As a result he was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at a premier university in Cuba! Alcius is expected to complete his MD in 2022.
In collaboration with Spiritan Catholic priest, Fr. Patrick Eugene, CSSp,the RIM scholarship program at the Frere Alexandre School benefits more than 100 boys and girls from Solino chosen on the basis of both economic need and academic merit. Support for the program come from individual donors, from small donations collected by children in the religious education classes of the Holy Trinity School, (Ligonier, PA), from St. Margaret Mary Church (Lower Burrell, PA), and Mt. St. Peter Church (New Kensington, PA) and a special fund organized by RIM board member emerita, Vera Swiergol.
"Education is the foundation for all change" - in Haiti and elsewhere. The“Education for Change” fund provides support for educational scholarships to children and youth mainly from the rural village of Ducis and the urban Solino neighborhood of Port au Prince, a neighborhood dominated by poverty, violence, disease, and despair where street gangs attract youth who have few opportunities to attend school or earn an honest livelihood.