Breakfast Program Expands to Seven Schools

The Haitian Pride Breakfast Program just completed its third year of operation and thanks to generous philanthropic partners, it has expanded this year and is now providing breakfast to 1,510 children at seven schools, five days per week. On a recent trip to Haiti, Tom Iovino and several iF Foundation supporters were able to see first hand the impact of the Breakfast Program as well as hear directly from program beneficiaries about the tremendous need for this unique initiative.

The Breakfast Program is the philanthropic outreach program of the iF Foundation and while the long-term focus of iF’s mission is sustainable economic development, addressing the immediate need of poor childhood nutrition is an important component of our commitment to the community. Every child who attends St. Joseph’s, Immaculee, Baptiste Bordes, Christ Roi, Christ-Vivant, Ebenezer and Holy Cross primary schools receives a delicious and nutritious meal to jump start their day.

Before the Breakfast Program existed, many of these children showed up for class with empty stomachs, maybe having a little bit of coffee or nibbling on sugar cane while walking to school. During Tom’s visit, the teachers shared that the children would cry because of pain in their tummies and that some of the children would just fall asleep during class because they were so tired. This one meal has given the children, their parents and the teachers hope for the future. Education in Haiti is not free and if parents can afford to send their children to school, many cannot provide them with even one meal per day.

The most critical need for the Breakfast Program is to raise the ongoing operating support to continue the program into the 2015-2016 school year. Your donation of $100 will provide a complete breakfast for one child for an entire school year.

Meet some of our Beneficiaries

Widelin and Reneleson, First Grade Students
The Sylvestre brothers are both in Dorsica’s first grade class at Christ Vivant. Just after dawn, Widelin walks alongside his brother Renelson as he navigates his wheelchair down the harsh terrain of Dubre’s unpaved roads. The brothers stand out among the other children waiting outside the one room schoolhouse; six year old Widelin with his wide smile and eagerness to be photographed and Renelson, seven years old, as he stands bracing himself against the schoolhouse door. The brothers enjoy coming to school to write and learn mathematics. Despite daily adversity, Widelin and Renelson are committed to receiving a good education so they can make a positive contribution to their community.

Dorsica, First Grade Teacher
Dorsica is the first grade teacher at Christ Vivant primary school. Dorsica is a single mother and lives with her father along with her three children. Her son attends Christ Vivant and her two daughters are in secondary school. Dorsica dreams of her children finishing their education and going on to college so they can eventually hold respectable jobs. Dorsica exemplifies the hope of the entire school body, saying “My dreams for the school are to see it grow and for God to help our children understand and learn so that they can one day provide a brighter future for their own families.”