Our school was founded by Sister Marie St. Paul Salgado. On a religious retreat in Bel-Air she heard voices of little girls in the very early hours of the morning singing as they carried pails of water to construction workers. Those girls, hired as domestic slaves, were doing back-breaking labor starting at the age of 6. For them education was a luxury that they could not afford.
In 1967 Sister Marie St. Paul Salgado opened the Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours school with 15 girls.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Notre-Dame emphasizes a parochial curriculum that aims to empower students to develop confidence in themselves and their future, and encourage them to pursue further education, dignified employment and adequate housing.
Our dedicated staff of 15 teachers, 3 staff members, and 1 school director prepare our students to take the Certificat d’Etudes Primaires (CEP), the National exam that allows them to continue their education.
It is with a lot pride that we can report 90% of our students who take the test, pass.
January 12, 2010 - Earthquake
Haiti suffered a magnitude 7 earthquake.
That day we had just dismissed the 550 girls who were enrolled at the school at that time.
The convent attached to the school crumbled, killing 17 nuns. Seconds later the school crumbled.
Sister Paul had been rescued and taken to the Dominican Republic where she died a few months later.
SEPTEMBER 2010 - reopening
We were able to reopen with 300 students in September 2010 in a temporary structure provided by UNICEF.
The school now provides the girls with an education, that without which they would remain in domesticity.
March 2018 - Rebuilding
Thanks to the support of Digicel Haiti Foundation, our school building was completely rebuilt. Ours was one of 175 schools that the Foundation rebuilt across Haiti.
Our girls now have brand new classrooms to continue their education.