At Purple Cake Day we know we can't do everything. That is why in 2019 we are concentrating on supporting the wonderful Children of Haiti Project - a transformative education project in Haiti.
Just weeks after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti the Children of Haiti Project was set up. The aim: to take children living in severe poverty in a tent camp with very limited or no previous access to schooling, and provide them with good quality education through to Year 8 level – an opportunity that would be given to an average child in New Zealand.
The following year (2011) the Kenbe La Foundation & Purple Cake Day came on board to help this dream come through. The outstanding success of the project has seen the school commit to taking the children right through to high school graduation, and Purple Cake Day aims to continue as a part of that.
In September 2018 the COHP school opened its doors for their 9th year of providing life-changing education, with 54 fulltime diploma-seeking students super excited to commence the next stage of their educational pathways.
[Bear in mind that the average level of education for the parents is about two years, and it becomes clear that the children have already been educated far beyond their parents and have the potential to reach the otherwise unimaginable goal of a secondary school graduation!]
The students come to this school for more than just reading and writing. They also receive hot meals, regular health check-ups and an education programme that is progressive, creative and respectful of their needs and rights. Importantly, all of the children are learning basic hygiene, health and safety and life skills to help them survive and thrive in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
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Purple Cake Day funds have supported the costs of providing Children of Haiti Project school students with an education, two meals daily and medical care since 2012.
Henri Christophe School rebuilt their entire school destroyed in the earthquake, and Purple Cake Day funds supported the building of new 3-classroom facility.
FSH bring pre-school and primary classrooms to life in rural Nepal. Classes that were once dirty and bare are now clean, dry, warm, furnished and equipped with stimulating education materials. Children who were once left unattended now learn in safe, nurturing, child-friendly environments. FSH train and support teachers in modern methods, rather than traditional rote learning, ensuring better educational outcomes for the children.
Purple Cake Day funds supported the transformation of 18 classes in 23 communities. Teachers are trained and motivated resulting in huge improvements in the behaviour and learning by the children. Parents are recognising the value of education which creates positive and long term economic growth and social development within these rural families and communitiesVideo - Our Partner Project FSH : Meet Shristhi
Purple Cake Day funds supported the In Time Trust to create a library at the Kailesh Bodhi School in Jumla, North West Nepal, giving 297 children and their teachers their first real access to books.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust partnership with Purple Cake Day provided scholarships for secondary aged students in the Solokhumbu region who would not normally able to attend college, due to the cost and distance of the schools from their homes.
HBEF provides 4-year secondary school scholarships and vital materials like school uniforms, books and stationary to bright children from poor families. It also funds leadership training and psycho-social support development for teachers to support student success. Purple Cake Day fundraising has so far enabled 14 scholarships to be awarded to top ranked children in need, who would otherwise never get to secondary school.
HBEF was founded by United Nations human rights specialist Chris Mburu, who came from a poor village in Kenya. Chris’ life was drastically changed by an anonymous donation of $15 monthly that made it possible for him to go to school. After graduating with a Harvard Law degree, Chris tracked down the woman who had made it possible, starting a foundation in her name. HBEF currently supports over 500 Kenyan students. The story of HBEF is told in the award-winning documentary film 'A Small Act'. Get more information here.
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The 2015 Purple Cake Day Emergency Fund helped children in Vanuatu affected by Super Cyclone Pam which hit on 13th March 2015, and is said to be the worst natural disaster to ever strike the country.
The small Pacific island nation has a total population of 264,000 and more than half of these (171,000) were impacted, of which 82,000 are children. Homes, schools and livelihoods were destroyed. In partnership with UNICEF NZ, Purple Cake Day Emergency Funds provided clean water, food, shelter and school-in-a-box kits for children in Vanuatu.
The 84 children of the COHP School, in Port-au-Prince Haiti, were grateful for the $15,000 raised by the first ever Purple Cake Day in 2011. Funds went towards a daily hot meal, medical care and school uniforms. Living in a tent camp nearby, erected after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, these children come to school for more than just reading and writing. COHP provides them with an education programme that is progressive,
creative and respectful of the children’s needs and rights.
Purple Cake Day is an initiative of the Kenbe La Foundation Charitable Trust, which was established in 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Learn here about the first groups of children we helped.
Access to the Henri Christophe school is on dirt road about a ¼ mile from the road leading to the town of Leogane - close to the epi-centre of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. This school, with 120 children and 7 teachers, was destroyed but within 3 months the community had a temporary school up and running.
With the support of Haiti Partners and the Kenbe La Foundation Charitable Trust, 3 new classrooms have been constructed to increase student capacity. Three 20 foot shipping containers filled with a donated goods, including a pre-fabricated school building, school furniture, education materials, sports equipment and medical supplies, were sent from New Zealand to Haiti to support this school and others in the community.