Good Samaritans School
The Good Samaritans (Les Bons Samaritains) is a school founded to serve the economically and socially deprived children and adults of Haiti. It specifically targets the poorest of Haiti's poor-- those children who most desperately need a chance. The goal of the Good Samaritans School is to form a new generation of Haitians who are well-equipped to become responsible future leaders of the country.
The Good Samaritans opened its wrought iron gate July 7th, 2001 with a dedication ceremony and benediction by His Eminence, William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore. Contributions from Food for the Poor and private donors funded the construction of the 3-story building, directed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.
Children enter the school at 5 years old, and are offered the opportunity for a free education through the 6th grade. As of September 2016, the Good Samaritans preschool annex opened nearby to welcome three and four year olds for a 2 year program before joining the kindergarten housed in the Good Samaritans school building pictured above. Students are given breakfast on arrival and a substantial meal following classes. In addition, all of the children in the school undergo a yearly physical examination by a physician on site.
As of the 2011-2012 school year, the Good Samaritans school serves grades K-6, as grades 7 and up moved to the secondary school, James M. Stine College.