Projects Needing Assistance
Haiti: School for Children and Health Center for Mothers
Institute support for the January 2010 earthquake resulted in two separate funds: emergency relief and educational support. The emergency relief funds were dispensed to needy victims immediately after the earthquake and have helped to take care of urgent life-threatening needs.
The educational support fund has financed construction and free-tuition at a new school in Port au Prince. The school is completed, but the associated health clinic for parents and children needs assistance. Your donations will help the De La Salle Brothers in Haiti provide health education and care for women and infants in Haiti.
Please consider the following gifts:
$ 20.00 Nutrition educational materials for mothers
$ 100.00 Vegetable garden seeds
$ 150.00 One month’s medical training for outreach volunteers
$ 30.00 Sponsor a woman to attend a sewing workshop
$ 100.00 Stethescope and other medical kit items for outreach volunteers
Bahay Pag-asa is a refuge for incarcerated youth
La Salle International supports the work of Bahay Pag-asa, in Dasmarinas, Philippines, a residential treatment facility for court adjudicated youth offenders. Ordinarily, these youth would be retained in the public jails which makes no separation of youth from adults; average cell populations can be from 100-140 individuals. Bahay Pag-asa (House of Hope) provides residencial educational programs and training to allow juvenile offenders to begin their lives again with marketable skills.
Colombia: Project Utopia Builds Agricultural Leadership
Through Universidad De La Salle in Colombia, “Project Utopia” engages high school alumni from Colombian rural areas affected by violence and poverty. Students become Agricultural Engineers through a creative “hands on” program in which best practices are taught in the field by knowledgeable instructors. Besides learning farming operations, students become leaders for social and political transformation in field production
entrepreneurship at their places of origin.
Students come from deep Colombia – where employment opportunities are scarce, poverty is common, and where continual pressure is exerted from armed groups to join their ranks. They are relocated to safety and security of the campus of Universidad De La Salle. There, they recover faith and hope in themselves. The program is designed to build their self-esteem, to awaken their goodness and solidarity, and give them an outstanding technical and scientific education. Ultimately, they will be the professionals which contribute positively to the reconstruction of a new country.
The Project’s enormous challenges range from dealing with students’ psychological
and social conditions to the urgency of achieving national and international funding
which can sustain the program.
The specific objectives of the program are:
- To provide students with agricultural training for sustainable agricultural conversion and preservation of the biodiversity of the Colombian Amazorinoquia and other rural areas.
- To create and transfer knowledge in order to enable the improvement of economic, social and nutritional conditions of the rural Colombian.
- To promote agricultural production around associations and cooperatives of producers to achieve field technical production.
- To train leaders for social and political action to promote democratic values and to foster the reconstruction of the social fabric.
For more information about this program which builds human capacity in Colombia’s youth, click here.
India: Reaching The Unreached
Beginning in 1974 with a small program for boys, Reaching the Unreached (RTU) has evolved over the years into a comprehensive program to serve marginal populations in India. RTU is a comprehensive series of programs which offer a variety of services including, but not limited to: KinderCare, primary school education, home building (and associated construction trades for the homes which are pre-fabricated on the premises), textile work (see photo), dispensary and a facility for elderly health care and meals for the elderly who can’t cook for themselves.
The clinic which carefully monitors AIDS patients and leprosy affected individuals also provides after-natal training for mothers and diagnoses/treats about 160 people a day for a variety of illnesses. In the afternoon, the clinic becomes mobile and visits nearby villages whose people cannot make the travel to the center for health care. Additionally, the clinic serves about 400 elderly people who are too feeble to come to the clinic. The clinic also trains medical workers who animate local health communities by providing education in proper lifestyles and can make referrals to the clinic when necessary; these individuals dispense OTC medications when necessary.
Approximately 950 orphaned or parent-separated children are incorporated into a “village-like” program where 6-8 youth are housed with single mothers until they can live in a hostel. About 500 children stay with their house-mothers until 12 or 13 and then live in a hostel until they are 17. Due to space limitations, the program provides for additional children to be placed in homes in the area and payment is made for the homes to house the children on a per diem basis. RTU has 6 hostels which provide homes for 250 adolescents. A special house is kept for AIDS victims and a special child care unit has been set up to work with them. Of the 950 kids served through the program, about 10% are HIV+. HIV assistance (training, counselling, medications) is given to families.
A large cafeteria provides for the children’s needs and a hot mid-day meal is provides for approximately 2,000 whom live and work at the center; 750 additional meals are prepared for breakfast and dinner.
Part of the RTU program is also to build houses for the less fortunate. Using a production facility built on the campus, and a stardard for pre-fabrication, approximately 7,500 houses have been built (17’ x 17’) from cement bricks. Houses cost Rs 60,000 (about $1,500 USD) apiece to build.
A RTU mobile educational laboratory visits schools whose budget does not afford science lab equipment; this mobile unit stops and the schools and allows students to conduct experiments inside the unit.
There is a large volunteer group who assist with operations and approximately 400 people are employed by RTU, thereby providing significant assistance to the local poor area.
Sri Lanka: Henamulla Pre-school provides a welcomed start to education
The Henamulla Pre-school enrolls 160 children aged 2.5 to 5.5 years old from 8:30 to 12:00 every weekday. The school is physically located just a few meters away from a large solid waste landfill which receives the garbage of the capital city of Colombo. The children that attend the school live in the slums adjacent to the dump.
The school provides clothes, food and education for the children in a safe and clean evironment. There are several different classrooms for the instruction of the children which is done in two different languages for each grade level.
Families whose children attend the school are asked to pay a monthly tuition of 100 rupees [approximately 1 dollar US], but many cannot afford even this very modest sum. All children get a hot meal for lunch before departing for the day. Drawing from the local population, the majority of students are Muslim.
Through La Salle International, a donor has provided funds for electrical needs of the school; our sister foundation in Australia (The Lasallian Foundation) has been very generous to this project, providing food and clothing subsidies. Funds are still needed for educational sponsorship, supplies and building mainenance. The kids greatly enjoy being at the school and there is a good energy between the students and the teachers.
India: Boys’ Village provides a home for street children
Boys’ Village is a residential program for 87 orphan, abandonded and destitute boys aged 6-12 who are economically poor and who have shown poor performance in academics. It costs Rs. 1,200 per boy per month to operate the facility ($30 per boy per month).
The boys live in several different dorms which are managed by the boys themselves. They have regular activities on the weekend; during the week, they spend most of their daytime in school and their evenings in supervised study. All of these youth are individuals who otherwise would be out on the street. As such, the village cannot require students to pay tuition – all students are 100% scholarship need students.
Haiti: Primary and secondary school serves remote island population
Turtle Island (Ile de la Tortue) lies off the northern coast of Port-au-Paix, Haiti where small fishing and subsistence level farmers live on a year-round basis. Serving the needs of young children on this island, the Communauté Notre-Dame-des-Palmistes manages a secondary school and a primary school. The physical structures of the school have been provided by NGO donors such as the Lasallian PROYDE and ongoing operational support of the school requires continued assistance above the tuition base which cannot be met by most of the students. In other than financial ways, the local community of Haitians are very supportive of the school and frequently use the area for activities and gatherings, in addition to the educational work which is provided to the villagers regardless of one’s ability to pay tuition.
Burkina Faso: Agricultural Training Empowers Families
Project CLIMA in Beregadougou, Burkina Faso, is a successful agricultural training center of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for young families. The goal of the project is to train 24 families of farmers (with wives and children) how to farm productively, utilize the most modern techniques, and become financially self-sufficient. The program admits married couples between 22 and 35 years of age who have farms of their own and who wish to spend two years training of agricultural training at the CLIMA. This agricultural project is modeled on a successful TAMI Project in northern Togo. CLIMA involves 60 hectares of land on the main farm and 100 hectares at a satellite location 12 km away.
There are three workshops on the property: carpentry, mechanics, and clothing (sewing). The property also has a stable for 6 steer, a chicken coup, 2 classrooms, living space for teachers, a store room, and a garage for farm equipment. A former set of aquaculture ponds exist on the property and some of them are being used currently for rice production. Both men and women receive instruction in how to manage a farm.
CLIMA has recently been evauated by INADES, an African independent organization specializing in agricultural development which rated the program highly and complimented its efforts to provide agricultural capacity to the savannah region.
Because the families come with their children, there is need to have a child care center for the youngsters. Mothers assist with this and keep the kids busy inside with some instruction and outside playing on the grounds. At this point, there are 34 children on the grounds; only four go to school at the public school. Two full time child care women oversee this child care center.
Upon graduation, both the men and the women have the capacity to be self-sufficient and to provide knowledgeable assistance to other families in their local areas.
The CLIMA center is in need of funds to expand its programs to other capable young couples that would like to take advantage of the program. Your support for this program can be offered through the Donate Here button above.
Children and Youth At Risk
In 37 countries around the world, children and youth at risk projects care for the marginalized in society. From educationally excluded children to disadvantaged girls. From street children and orphans to victims of child abuse. From drug-addicted youth to children with HIV/AIDS. The De La Salle Brothers have programs which care for the less fortunate in society and La Salle International helps to sponsor them.
In the global realm of youth and child neglect, our solutions are local. On the ground in needy areas we are helping to assist victims of child labor, victims of child trafficking and child victims of war. We help to fund migrant and refugee children, those who are disabled and children with a mental illness.
Our 295 programs around the world together total more than $132 million USD each year. Through the support of contributing agencies and individuals, La Salle International helps to meet the needs of neglected children.
For more information about these programs, or interest in one of our facilities in a given country, contact La Salle International. Featuring a number of our programs from around the world, a brochure of our children and youth at risk programs outlines where we offer our services within individual countries. Printed copies of the brochure are available upon request from La Salle International.
IALU: Surrounding the world with university and professional education
The International Association of La Sallian Universities (IALU) is a consortium of higher educational institutions around the world. The 74 member institutions provide a variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional (law, medicine, engineering) degrees and programs. Each of the institutions has functional specialities which respond to the needs of the local area; all of them have quality undergraduate education. In IALU schools, teaching is “job one” so all of the professors are primarily evaluated on their capabilities in the classroom.
University education in the IALU system extends throughout 5 continents. Collaborative work among the universities is common. As such, students in one university can elect to take classes or study abroad at other universities, and through this linkage of professional talent and outstanding teaching, the consortium makes up one of the most powerful higher educational networks in the world.
Students from less developed countries are assisted by scholarships from donors who understand the importance of a global education. These generous donors seek to provide these students with access to this opportunity which is so professionally rewarding and personally transformative.