#Homeschool Educator’s Pack, #Haiti #Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, at 21:53 UTC, (4:53 pm local time) Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake, the country’s most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicentre of the quake was just outside the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

It has been estimated that the death toll could reach 200,000. Widespread damage resulted from the quake. The capital city was devastated. The Presidential Palace was badly damaged, with the second floor entirely collapsing onto the first floor; the Haitian Parliament building, UN mission headquarters and the National Cathedral were also destroyed.

International aid flowed in but was hampered by damaged infrastructure:
the main port was damaged beyond immediate use, the one local airport was of limited capacity and border crossings with the Dominican Republic were distant and crowded.

Learn how you can help by visiting this link  Help For Haiti – Educator’s Pack. All proceeds from the sales of any and/or all items on this page will be donated directly to Haitian Relief Effort.

Haiti will need to be completely rebuilt from the ground up, according to a journalist, as “even in good times, Haiti is an economic wreck, balancing precariously on the razors edge of calamity.”

Haiti – officially the Republic of Haiti – is a Caribbean country. Along with the Dominican Republic, it occupies the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago. Ayiti (meaning the land of high mountains) was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the mountainous western side of the island. The country’s highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft). The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) and its capital is Port-au-Prince. Haitian Creole and French are the official languages.

Haiti’s regional, historical and ethnolinguistic position is unique for several reasons. It was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post- colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion.

Despite having common cultural links with its Hispanic-caribbean
neighbours, Haiti is the only predominantly Francophone independent
nation in the Americas. It is one of only two independent nations in the Americas (along with Canada) that designate French as an official
language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements, or collectivités, of France.

Haiti has a long and storied history and therefore retains a very rich culture.  Haitian culture is a mixture of primarily French, African elements, and native Taíno, with some lesser influence from the colonial Spanish. The country’s customs essentially are a blend of cultural beliefs that derived from the various ethnic groups that inhabited the island of Hispaniola. In nearly all aspects of modern Haitian society however, the European and African elements dominate. Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art, notably painting and sculpture.

This Educator’s Pack has been prepared specifically with the Homeschool Family in mind, and can be adapted for very young children to learners in around Grade 7.  The 320 Page pack includes teaching resources, lesson plans, interactive activities for young and older learners, an extremely comprehensive unit study on Haiti, the geography, history, cultures, as well as a comprehensive unit study on Earthquakes and disaster Management.

The Entire Pack can be downloaded from Currclick Publishers, and while the unit studies are in PDF Format, the additional elements, which include fun interactive jigsaw puzzles, aimed at younger learners, are in self-extracting .EXE format and will self-instal on to your computer.

All for a donation of $5.00

For further information, resources, links and educational downloads please visit St Aidens Homeschool Haiti Pages and Earthquake Pages

Haiti and Earthquake Mega-Activity Package (2 Comprehensive Unit Studies in this package) – Includes over 300 pages of Lesson plans, teaching resources, ideas and guides, suitable and adaptable for early learners to around Grade 7. Includes interactive activities, comprehension, research, puzzles, vocabulary exercises, and covers the History, Geography, culture and origins of the Haitian Creole, early settlers, and timelines.

Additional to this are self-extracting fun .EXE jigsaw puzzles for younger learners, enhancing motor skills, whilst gaining an insight into this culture, earthquakes and disaster relief and management. An essential guide for Parents/Teachers/Caregivers and ideal for homeschooling families.

For a donation of $5 YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE


This following video was sent on the day of the earthquake. The Global Orphan Project supports over 2200 kids in Haiti. This video was sent by Louis St. Germain through the Cambry Technical Center to Shane Hackett and Frantz St. Germain. To help, go to http://www.lifegivingforce.com, http://www.theglobalorphanproject.org and http://www.esmihome.org

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