What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The students of St. Ann School have created a self-sustaining, business model that has enabled them to fund education in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Haiti. This model has also allowed them to help with earthquake relief in Haiti and drought relief in East Africa. In total, between 2007 and 2012, the students at St. Ann School have raised over $15,000 to help global communities. These monies have been channelled through Free The Children and The United Haitian American Society.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
It costs $250 per year to fund one child’s education at Ecole le Bon Samaritain, in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. With the help of their counterparts at St. Ann School in the United States selling the Haitian childrens’ crafts, the goal is to raise:
$1000 in year 1 to fund the education of 4 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti;
$2000 in year 2 to fund the education of 8 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti; and
$4000 in year 3 to fund the education of 16 students at Ecole le Bon Samaritain in Haiti.
After 3 years, Healing Hearts 4 Haiti intends to expand to include distribution on a national and global level; including, but not limited to setting up a virtual store through a student-run website and distributing to local and national stores.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The cost of shipping items from Haiti to the United States will impact the profits generated. Some of these costs will be recouped via the sales price of the items. Therefore, partnerships with shipping companies and other existing import/export companies will be pursued.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
A full understanding of the logistics and cost of goods sold to determine the number of scholarships that can be created.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
The first handcrafted items will arrive and be sold in the United States and the first scholarships will be generated.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The middle school students of St. Ann School created this business model for themselves after watching Oprah’s Building A Dream special about her leadership academy in South Africa in 2007. The idea to expand their own business model to Haiti came after watching Oprah’s special on Haiti where she interviewed Donna Karan. The idea was presented by the students’ Mock Trial coach, Reine Boyer (a Haitian-American). The students and the administration of St. Ann School thought it was a fantastic idea to expand and adapt their model to be used by the students of Ecole le Bon Samaritain.