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The Fondwa Professional School equips young women and men with practical education, marketable skills, and knowledge to create their own small businesses. Rich in Mercy grants have equipped several women, who have exceptional skills and entrepreneurial spirit, with sewing machines that have enabled them to start their own businesses sewing school uniforms and other clothing items for their neighbors. Along with new skills students are acquiring new HOPE that life can be better for them and their families!
Fondwa Vocational / Professional School
Tuition and fees for the Vocational School are a modest US $20 a month or $240 a year. Donations to support the school can be made through the RIM DONATE NOW page. Designate FONDWA WOMEN'S VOCATIONAL SCHOOL.
The Little Sisters of St. Antoine are a community of Haitian women religious founded in the village of Fondwa in 1996. Their work is with local peasant farmers, women's groups, orphans, a primary care clinic and the St. Antoine School that enrolls nearly 600 children in pre-school through the end of secondary school.
Often young girls in Haiti are forced to leave school early without completing their education and with few opportunities to learn a
trade or other skills by which to support themselves. The sisters, in collaboration with local women's groups, decided to address this issue in Fondwa by launching the Fondwa Vocational / Professional School. A;though created to address the need for vocational training for girls and women, the school admits boys who want to learn sewing and cooking as well as girls who want to learn plumbing! All students learn basic business management skills.
Rich in Mercy provides general support for the school. Special RIM grants gor the purchase of additional sewing machines and plumbing equipment have made possible the expansion of the offerings.