"Projects For Haiti" Target Classrooms
GAINESVILLE - They're going beyond the walls of the classroom As well as the borders of the country. A Gainesville organization is taking a different approach when it comes to teaching about global poverty. The non-profit hopes to teach 10,000 students here. Projects for haiti visited PK Yonge it's part of their goal to connect to 10,000 people. So far they've reached out to nearly two thousand local students here in Gainesville.
Cody Miller's 3rd period class has over 20 students. These 9th graders are learning about globalism and social justice. "We have to teach kids about the world and what we can do to better the world and education is a great venue for that," Miller said. Miller thought the best way for his students to understand is by bringing in a little piece of haiti-- one of the poorest countries in the world.
Berthrude Albert is the CEO of Projects For Haiti, a Gainesville non-profit that organizes conferences in Haiti to for our teachers to teach their teachers. The partnership with Haiti doesn't end in Haiti though. "In order to really extend the walls of the classroom and allow students to be exposed to something that is greater than themselves, greater than Gainesville... Connecting them to the world of international development," Albert said.
Projects For Haiti is working to connect 10,000 people in Gainesville to Haiti by visiting student classrooms and spreading the word. Student, Alexa Riley agrees with the initiative. "It's structural problems that need to be organized in haiti but globally this is a big issue. Hunger is also a global issue, this is not just happening in Haiti," Riley said.
One thing Projects For Haiti wants students to take back from the presentation is for them to be informed, invested, involved. Alisha Cleyton another student said, "I was just sitting there thinking, what can i do to just help. At least one person starting small and then building it up to make a larger effort."
One student in the class, Malik Moore is hoping to start an advocacy club in the school so that students can get in on this initiative. "Many people are living on a dollar a day, because like when you think about it with all the clothes you are wearing... You are wearing at least a couple of hundred dollars worth of clothes. And to live off a dollar that's nothing. You can barely get anything for a dollar here in the us." Students like Grace Scarborough can't wait to get involved, "It made me realize how much we have and I really want to make a difference," she said.
Projects for Haiti will have a pet wash fundraiser this Saturday, for more information click here.
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