First bit of news from the end of 2014: Introducing APL's new English class in Banane, Haiti. The children in this small town are eager to learn and we are eager to teach them! With your help and donations, we will continue to expand our lessons through Haiti, reaching the bright minds that will better the country. More news later this week.
For our first highlight ever, meet Albalo: the #1 honor student from our classes in Anse-a-Pitres. He always shows up to class with his materials, pays attention, asks questions, and even translates for the teachers. He excels in every subject and his cheerful attitude puts a smile on everyone's face. It is because of students like Albalo that APL is happy to work so hard. In the picture below, teacher Lidia is awarding him with the top prize of the intense course of summer 2014.
Thank you, APL community, for shaping a bright future for our students and the nation of Haiti!
From June to July 2014, the APL team in Anse-a-Pitres consisted of Carolina, Rafael, Lidia, Maureen, Jonathan, Ricardo and Delince.
Today, July 8th, teachers Lidia and Maureen wrapped up this summer's classes with a party for our students in Anse-à-Pitres. More pictures to come!
Patricia Boone, APL member, and the Black Law Students Association of Northwestern University School of Law have been hard at work this year fundraising for the community of Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti. They have just informed us of the amount: $500!
APL wants to recognize their hard work and honor their commitment to the education of Haitian students. We thank you and the town will greatly appreciate your donation!
To learn more about Black Law Students Association visit their site by clicking below:
President and Co-Founder were part of the Sierra Nevada Region (SNR) Soroptimist conference on Sunday, April 27th, 2014. After recieving an award, Carolina gave a short speech of gratitude and informed the audience about APL's work in Haiti. We are very thankful to SNR Soroptimist for this honor and opportunity to further education in Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti.
APL partners with Project Rive, founded by Sora Edwards-Thro, an organization which puts the tools Haitian kids need to learn within their reach. They are accomplishing this through technology, by providing XO laptops to students in the town of Anse-a-Pitres.
Project Rive is making great progress, and we want to share the news! Sora shared a bit of it with us, "We were able to raise money for the solar system and we got it set up in Ansapit. Thank you again for APL's contribution and support. With this new system we can charge all 10 laptops at once, and we can store power in the battery for rainy days. We also installed a light so we can have classes at night."
For more information on Project Rive, visit their website by clicking on the button below.
APL is now working with Students For Haiti. For more information, visit their website and click on the button below:
President Carolina gave a TED Talk at UC Davis on February 7th, 2014 about multilingual education in Haiti. Link to the entire speech coming soon!
There are good news for the students of Anse-a-Pitres: there's a brand new computer lab! APL is very excited for the community as the academic opportunities grow. To read the full article on the new lab, click below:
President Carolina Tavárez was part of the cast of the UC Davis "One World" commercial due to her academic excellence and work in Haiti. Watch the video below!
We are very grateful to all our donors. That is why we plan to have a wall in their honor at the entrance of the library, once it is built. If you'd like to donate and have your name scripted on the wall, or would like more information, email us at [email protected]
UC Davis has published a new article about APL and the great work Carolina is doing in Anse-a-Pitres. Our story is on their website front page! Click on the link below to read all about it:
Pictures from the 3rd trip Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti are up. Take a look at them!
Carolina, Anna, Rafael and Jesus are working with our students of Anse-a-Pitres.
APL started as an idea, and now it's a fully developed organization thanks to God and Carolina's vision. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Carolina received the Community Service Outstanding Award in Davis. The award was categorized outstanding (highest level) due to over 6000 hours of community service both in the Sacramento area and Haiti. We are very proud of how far APL has come along. Congratulations to our beautiful president!
APL is preparing for their next trip to Haiti, which will be taking place in July 2013. Help us fundraise for the library by bringing your car to the car wash and spreding the word. We hope to see you there!
The team organizing books donated by Davis Sunset Rotary Club. These books will be shipped to the new library in Anse-a-Pitres in Haiti and also to different schools of Kenya.
The APL tech team has been working hard on putting together the clips from the 2nd trip to create a documentary. The film, "Nuestro 2nd Vwayaj" will be ready this summer (2013). Trailer coming soon!
The images from APL's second trip to Haiti are up. Visit out facebook page, browse through them and see part of our journey!
House of Glory Church is hosting "APL Movie Night" on Friday night, February 22, 2013. Come out and watch Baseball in the Time of Cholera, a movie originated in Haiti. Just bring some new school supplies as a donation and entry fee. You'll have a wonderful time and help the students in Haiti out at the same time. Don't forget to invite your friends!
Talanta Radio Show has joined the APL cause. On Thursday, January 10th, 2013, Dorothy Machira (main host) interviewed president Carolina over the phone. The radio show takes place internationally, from California to Kenya, and is heard all over the world through the internet. Listen to the whole interview "Dad, I'm off to Haiti" by clicking below:
President Carolina and sister Lidia are off to Haiti! In this second trip, they will meet up with Leidy Amarante and Rafael Perez-Yan to work with the students over the month of December 2012. Taking with them the donations collected over the last 6 months, the APL team plans on holding English/Spanish lessons for the course of two weeks in the Anse-a-Pitres. Keep the Tavárez sisters in your prayers as they travel for a day and a half from California to Dominican Republic.
Sisters Nidia Trejo and Helen Trejo are showing their support for Haitian education by doing what they know best and working in their expertise field: design.
The students in Anse-a-Pitres have sent us a message. In this short video, they express their gratitude towards Carolina and the Davis/Sacramento community for all their help, and tell us how much they need a library. Watch "Bibliotek Santral Ansapit: The need of a library" by clicking on the video tab or visiting our YouTube channel.
Our first event was a success!
We are hosting our first event of the year. "An Evening for Haiti" will take place at the International House Davis at the beginning of November. Join us to fund-raise for the library and enjoy Haitian food, performances and Haitian keynote speaker. For more information, visit:
First APL article in 'The State Hornet' by Leticia Lopez (CSU Sacramento). To read full version, click here:
Our dear friend Florence Anucha wants to accomplish her dream of becoming a medical doctor (M.D.). Read her story by clicking on the link below and help us support her dream!
The blueprints for the library project are ready. Now we need your support and donations to make this dream become a reality for the students and community of Anse-a-Pitres!
Every child should have the opporunity of learning and exploring new things. What better way to do that than reading? APL is proud to be working on offering the town of Anse-á-Pitres its very first library. With your help, we can make this project a reality for the students and community members. Click on the donations tab to learn more about how you can help!
Founder and president Carolina Tavárez made the first trip to Haiti in July of 2012. She spent a couple of weeks in Anse-á-Pitres and met students from two different schools: Communautaire du Bon SamaritainAdventist Lysius Salomon. Carolina was able to distribute toys, school materials and higenic products to over 200 students. The children portrayed as eager learners and were very greatful for the English and Spanish lessons. They are waiting for the next visit this coming December 2012, on which more members of the APL team are hoping to go. For more pictures of Carolina's trip, visit the "First trip to Haiti" album under the Photo Gallery tab.
A word from Carolina: I'm so grateful to God, our donors and APL staff for all their support on this first trip to Haiti. We were able to assist over 200 students! I don't know how it happened, but the supplies multiplied like the fish and bread in the bible parable of John 6. Without your support, none of this would have been possible. As my students in Anse-à-Pitres would say, "Mesi anpil: Thank you so much"
Members of Ann Prepare Lavni are getting the word out to the community. On Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, president Carolina Tavárez, vice president Monserrat Garcia, and treasurer Jennifer Vergara were interviewed in the morning show "A Primera Hora" of Univision 19 by reporter Maribel López.
The UC Davis campus paper, The California Aggie, published an article about Ann Prepare Lavni written by Andrew Poh. To read it, click on the link below:
Look for these boxes with the name of the organization in UC Davis and drop off donations.