Our Model: Grassroots Schools
Grassroots schools are schools the organization supports that began in Haitian churches throughout Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in order to educate Haitian refugee and immigrant children living in the Dominican Republic. Haitians that immigrate to the Dominican Republic face many challenges including learning Spanish and facing discrimination from their neighboring country. While some do integrate their children into Dominican public schools, many Haitian immigrant children remain without schooling.
Haitian churches in communities with high populations of Haitian refugees and immigrants recognize this problem and attempt to begin schools in their churches. This is not easy as funding is hard to come by and teachers themselves face a difficult situation already, some having not yet achieved their high school diploma. However, we continue to find churches that are making the necessary sacrifices to educate children in their communities. Currently, all grassroots schools provide education at the pre-school and elementary level.