AAIE Silent Auction Raises Funds for the Children of Haiti Project (COHP) on Eve of School's Second Anniversary

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The International Educator (TIE) President and COHP Executive Committee Director, Forrest Broman announces funds raised for The Children of Haiti Project (COHP), a school founded and supported by the international school community for Haiti's neediest students.

Children of Haiti Project kids celebrate school's anniversary

The core program children celebrate with song and dance, the one year anniversary of the Children of Haiti Project

We need to all be reminded that globally Haiti is ‘yesterday’s news’. We have already accomplished much for the involved precious youngsters whom we service, but so much more needs our attention.

During their annual conference in Boston last month, AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education) conducted a silent auction to benefit the students being served by the Children of Haiti Project (COHP), an educational, health and nutrition program for 88 children living in a tent camp in Haiti. Supported by over 35 international schools, several regional associations, and other international organizations, COHP is completing its second year of operations in April.

AAIE raised over $7,000 in this effort, providing sponsorship of three COHP students as the small school in Port-au-Prince approaches its second anniversary and seeks funding for its third year of operations. Several agencies including Search Associates, TieCare, (a leading insurance agency for international educators), EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools), Village Camps, The International Educator (TIE), and the PTC (Principals’ Training Center), have also renewed their pledges for year three.

Notably, fifteen of the schools in ASOMEX, the regional association of American schools in Mexico, recently pledged to support one COHP child for COHP’s third year as well. The Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean & Mexico, also known as the Tri-Association, has been particularly helpful in supporting the Children of Haiti Project. Last fall at their annual conference in Monterrey, COHP board members Frank Anderson, Jeff Keller and Pat Handly-Johnson raised significant funds through the sale of post card pledges.

Following a recent visit to Haiti, COHP, board member Frank Anderson said, "I observed the entire day of well-organized morning and afternoon class sessions -- positive things are happening!

Despite all the positive gains the new school is achieving, Anderson cautions, “We need to all be reminded that globally Haiti is ‘yesterday’s news’. We have already accomplished much for the involved precious youngsters whom we service, but so much more needs our attention.”

Chairman of the COHP executive committee, Forrest Broman stated, "COHP is developing as designed, to represent a way in which international schools and their supporting agencies can unite to make a significant difference in the lives of targeted children living in destitution and poverty."

Further information on COHP, and how your school can help support its children, is available at childrenofhaitiproject.org.

The International Educator (TIE), located in Hyannis, MA, is a non-profit organization that for 25 years has been dedicated to developing links among teachers and the extensive American and international schools network worldwide. TIE was instrumental in organizing the international school community to create and support The Children of Haiti Project (COHP).

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