On 22nd June 2023, Bolney CEP School was proud and excited to receive a visit from Yvrose who was visiting the UK. Our Year 5 and 6 class, Silver Birch organised and ran a Haiti fund raising afternoon. We started by welcoming Yvrose in assembly and the children sang two songs for her and if I tell you that their singing brought the adults near to tears, you can imagine how powerful and heartfelt their rendition of ‘Sing’ was. They sang to and for Yvrose and it was a really special moment.
Afterwards, we all enjoyed a fun time paying to play the games and competitions that Silver Birch had set up as stalls around the playground. They had even made Haitian Beignets for the school community to try. Yvrose looked like she thoroughly enjoyed her time at our school!
In total the school raised £283.20 for the Hope House Haiti charity.
Years on and there has been little visible progress. 90% of the rubble remains in Port-au-Prince, and a lot of the money initially given in aid to Haiti never reached the people who needed it the most. Hundreds of thousands still live in make-shift camps, unemployment is at 60%, and most children are denied their most basic childhood needs.
Linking two Schools
How Funds Have Been Spent
- Provide School Meals for 300 children for 6 weeks
- Buy wood to build benches for school children to sit on rather than breeze blocks
- Buy materials to build and repair desks
- Provide materials to build foundations for a corrugated metal building to be used as class rooms and a place of worship
Can You Help?
Children are desperately short of shoes, clothes, bags, exercise books, pencils and other stationary for school work. Hope Academy also want to continue providing school meals but they are totally reliant upon goodwill and donations to continue to do this.
If you would like to make a donation please send a cheque made payable to “Friends of Bolney School” and clearly write on the back “Haiti Fund” to:
Treasurer, Bolney CEP School FOB, Bolney CEP School, Church Lane, Bolney, West Sussex, RH17 5QP