The needs of Haiti’s children have always been tremendous over the years and have gotten greater after the passage of this killer-earthquake of January 2010 as this natural inclemency took away what little these survivors have had. Recent statistics, published about Haiti, have shown that half of Haiti’s nearly 10 million people are younger than 18 and are in needs of schooling. Furthermore, only half of these youngsters have ever attended school while only 2% finish high school (UNICEF statistics by country).
Other official reports demonstrate that Haiti’s population was about 9.8 million according to UN 2008 estimates. Hope made a research on Haiti’s education and argued over 50% of Haiti’s population are of school age while the literacy rate is less than 50%. Approximately 70% of the people live in poverty, with an average annual income of $400 per year. 15% of all children in Haiti are orphaned or abandoned (“practically orphaned”(UN’s on Haiti, 2008). Most estimates put the number of orphans in Haiti prior to the January 2010 earthquake at about 380,000. Experts now estimate that the number of orphans has doubled to about 750,000 since the earthquake.es and the stability of children.
Marlene Felix is the Founder and President of Morne Pele Christian School (MPCS). Felix is a native of Haiti; her parents migrated to the USA when she was 11 years old. She holds over 30 years of experience as an educator and counselor with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Professionally, she served as the mission’s Assistant Coordinator for Maranatha Christian Ministries for seven years. She also served as department chair for the Department of Human Services at the Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center for eleven years. She is presently working as the adult vocational counselor at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center. Felix is multilingual. She speaks French, Spanish and Creole and has served as a missionary in various countries (Africa, Europe, North America).
It is indeed after witnessing in person the effects of this earthquake on Haiti in 2010, which has severely impacted the Haitian families and has left so many children without a home, without parents, roaming the ragged streets of Haiti, and realized the sense of urgency to reach out to these children in hope and love. She began preparation of this nonprofit organization in the hope of improving the lives of these children. She founded the MPCS Corp in January of 2010 with the intent to contribute and perhaps instill a ray of sunshine in the lives of these children.
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