NEW YORK, USA -- Fleur De Vie (“Flower of Life”) has announces its second annual back to school recreational event in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A team of professional volunteers from across the United States will join forces with over 100 volunteers in Haiti to provide a fun-filled day promoting education and health awareness to 700 students from neighboring schools. The program will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
The theme of this year’s Fleur De Vie event is “Replanting Our Roots for a Better Future.” Led by founder and fashion designer, Dayanne Danier, the project aims to put education at the root for a better future in Haiti.
“We can’t talk about a better tomorrow in Haiti without talking about the foundations years. Education needs to be the first seed planted to build strong roots. With unemployment so high, the cost of tuition can be a major challenge for families which puts pressure for schools as well. This event assists in relieving some of the stress and supports schools in continuing their role in the larger picture of a Better Haiti,” said Danier.
With activities focused on health and education, students from a number of schools in the Port-Au-Prince area will receive basic health screenings by a team from Dash Procare Health. They will also be examined by a team of local dentists from Haiti, and tested for vision by group of opticians from the country. The day will also include environmental lessons and games that focus on physical activity and teamwork, as well as live entertainment provided by Haitian DJ Klasik.
The project is designed to support community based schools in Haiti that are striving to stay afloat. It also takes into account the important role the public and private sectors, including the community could play in setting foundations for a stronger education system in Haiti.
Claudia Sandoval, vice-president, CSR for Gildan, stated, "Gildan is pleased to support educational initiatives in Haiti through Fleur de Vie. We are committed to better the communities where we operate and are confident that our support to this Back to School activity will encourage children to stay in school."
Fleur De Vie is a not for profit organization based in New York that works with and supports the initiatives of struggling not-for-profit organizations globally whose mission is to implement social change in their communities. Fleur De Vie lends its assistance at a grassroots level by organizing programs that promote transparency and ensuring that the focus remains on benefiting the vulnerable and poor of populations that need it most. This work is done by collaborating with not for profits that take action in education, health, and environmental sustainability, areas of concentration that can have the most impact long term.