Commonwealth-Parkville School (CPS) began helping the Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) in Haiti as early as 2003. In 2005, the CPS Interact Club, under the stewardship of Prof. Alexandre Cerqueira (Commonwealth Campus), founded the Heart for Haiti campaign. Since then, the event has grown year after year thanks to the relentless support the of CPS Parent Association (PA), school, and community at large.
Heart for Haiti is a community-based initiative aimed at creating awareness of the issues affecting the population of Haiti and raising funds towards helping Haiti and MCLC in La Gonave, a small island off the coast of Port-au-Prince. The Heart for Haiti event is a fun filled family activity with various events, including: food kiosks, artisans, the famous flea market, educational booths, and raffles. The annual event counts with the backing of numerous supporters and has raised over $100,000 including matching funds from the San Juan Rotary Club. All funds raised for the Matènwa Community Learning Center are channeled through Friends of Matenwa, Inc. a fiscal agency that ensures the safe transfer to MCLC.
The funds have been mainly used for supporting Matènwa’s breakfast program
--which uses crops from the center’s own garden--and ensures each child has a meal at the beginning of the school day, at times their only meal that day.Click here
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Click here to view WAPA TV interview with Alexandre Cerqueira, CPS Faculty, Interact Club Advisor and Founder of Heart for Haiti and Isabella Cortés, Interact Club President