2008 – Flower of Hope School founded by Emmanuel Bastia and Theard Elficasse;  students meet outside.

2009-2010 – Shelter created with banana leaf roof and dirt floor.

2010-2011 School Year  

·        Flower of Hope Outreach (FOHO) founded as 501c3 organization.

·        Sponsorship program begins:  20 students and 5 teachers. 

·        Enrollment:  76 students (Pre-K – grade 4); By January 2011, enrollment had increased to 196 students

·        1st construction project:  Unfinished cement building with four classrooms (built in partnership with independent donors)

. Outdoor kitchen is constructed

·        Food program begins; Food provided by World Food Programme; Three local women hired to cook

·        Outdoor latrine project starts

·        Medical Memorial fund established in memory of a student who passed away due to a preventable disease

2011-2012 School Year 

·        Sponsorship program increases to 40 students and 5 teachers

·        Enrollment: (Pre-K-Grade 4): 200+

·        Hand pump and well installed on campus in partnership with a local well-digging company

·        First cement building is completed with steps, doors, etc.

·        Well-maintenance fund established

2012-2013 School Year

·        Sponsorship Program: 40 students, 6 teachers, 1 director, 3 cooks, 1 groundskeeper

·        Enrollment:  300 students (Pre-k – grade 5)

·        Elizabeth Valet hired as Director of the school

·        5th grade added

·        Began scholarship program for teachers to complete their high school education

·        World Food Programme discontinues food program at the school; food program is taken up by Flower of Hope Outreach

·        Project to improve the road to the school is started with the help of community members

·        A new home is constructed for local family whose house was destroyed by a fire

 

2013 Summer

·        First two-month summer vocational program is held, providing sewing machines in addition to instruction in sewing, embroidery, ceramics, and clay jewelry-making to students and community members

 

2013-2014 School Year

·        Sponsorship Program:  40 students, 7 teachers, 1 director, 3 cooks, 1 groundskeeper

·        Enrollment:  279 students (Pre-K-grade 6)

·        6th grade class added

·        Second cement building replaces wood building (in partnership with the University of Nebraska)

·        Road improvements completed

·        Hand pump is modified to run on solar panels and fill a cistern that is accessible to the community

·        100% of 6th graders pass their final exams

2014-2015 School Year:

·        Sponsorship Program:  40 primary students; 5 7th graders (attending Pandaissou vocational school), 10 teachers/aides, 1 director, 3 cooks, 1 groundskeeper

·        Enrollment:  315 (Pre-K-grade 6)

 

Summer 2015

·        5 new stall latrine pit toilets are approved by FOHO board

·        A shorter summer program is funded that includes hand crafts, embroidery, and sewing.

 

2015-2016 School Year:

·        Sponsorship Program:  40 Primary Students, 3 7th graders, (attending Flower of Hope), 3 8th graders (attending Pandaissou vocational school); 10 teachers, 3 cooks, 1 groundskeeper

·        Enrollment:  493 (Pre-k – 7th)

·        A group from Bainbridge Island in Washington State commits to support the establishment and the maintenance of 7th grade.

·        First floor of 3rd cement building completed and will house preschool and 7th grade

·        FOHO renews commitment to Pre-K through grade 6

         

2016 Summer

·        Full two-month summer program is held that includes hand crafts, embroidery, and sewing instruction.

 

2016-2017 School Year:

·        Sponsorship Program: 42 Primary Students; 5 7th/8th graders (attending Flower of Hope); 3 9th graders (attending Pandaissou vocational school); 10 teachers, 1 director, 3 cooks, 1 groundskeeper

·        Enrollment:  513 students (Pre-K-8th)

·        New kitchen built with funds from a legacy gift

·        The group from Bainbridge Island in Washington State commits to support the establishment and the maintenance of 8th grade in addition to 7th grade.

·        FOHO works with Karis Project to explore replacing school well which had become non-functional.

·        Construction on 2nd story of 3rd cement building begins