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Scrip GIFT CARDS for the HOLIDAYS

Just like that, we are back to celebrating the holiday season although this year will look a little different. With the uncertain times, skip the crowded stores and purchase gift cards for family, friends, and coworkers. Not a gift card type of gifter? No problem, you can still support by purchasing cards to use for … Continue reading Scrip GIFT CARDS for the HOLIDAYS

Alternative Gifts for Christmas

This year we are going virtual for our Alternative Gift Market. We have been honored in the past to be part of the Alternative Gift Market at All Saints Episcopal Church and some others, but because of Covid-19, we are not able to have the in person Alternative Gift Market. Alternative gifts are a great … Continue reading Alternative Gifts for Christmas

November’s Virtual Dinner

Fox Valley folks, let us shake up your quiet Sunday nights with dinner and a CRDF discussion! On Sunday, November 15, we'll gather virtually for dinner. Sign up for a meal delivery, catered by Caribbean Taste, and login to a CRDF Zoom call with board members Rebecca and Jane. The discussion will center around a … Continue reading November’s Virtual Dinner

Virtual Walk/Run

Walk a mile, two miles, or consider walking or running a 5k or 10k in our virtual walk/run! Many of our students walk 2.5 miles to get to school in Caneille so see if you can match their daily trek. You can complete your run or walk anytime during the week of October 19-25. Whatever … Continue reading Virtual Walk/Run

Back to School

“Back to school” looks very different this year and is creating hurdles and complexity beyond the wildest dreams of parents, caregivers, and educators.  For kids in Haiti, the struggles around education are often insurmountable regardless of the year.  Imagine traveling 2 hours on foot to reach the closest school or purchasing school books when your … Continue reading Back to School

Join us for Dinner & a Show!

Fox Valley folks, let us shake up your pandemically quiet Friday nights with dinner and a show! Friday, August 28, is your chance for late summer fun. Sign up for a meal delivery, catered by Caribbean Taste, and login to a CRDF Zoom call with board members Rebecca and Jane for a short back-to-school update. … Continue reading Join us for Dinner & a Show!

Book Review: Doing Good Better

At CRDF, we love books that help us do better and be better. One of our board members recently read William MacAskill's Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others. The author is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and the co-founder of 80,000 Hours, an organization that … Continue reading Book Review: Doing Good Better

2020 Pen Pal Exchange Wrap Up

Last week a packet of about 80 letters completed its journey from Haiti to its final destination in Seattle. We were able to finally wrap up the 2019/20 pen pal exchange after several delays caused by the 2019 protests and COVID-19. We want to give a big thank you to Ms. Polda's class in Seattle … Continue reading 2020 Pen Pal Exchange Wrap Up

2020 Trip Update 3 — With Photos

Bonsoir. Our trip to Caneille was wonderful. You can check out updates 1 and 2 and we'll provide the last of the details here. In this second half of the week, Oliver and I hosted a parent meeting with 150+ community members. We asked what success stories they've seen from students who have graduated from … Continue reading 2020 Trip Update 3 — With Photos

2020 Trip Update 1

Bonjour! Rebecca here. I’m the board president of CRDF. I first traveled to Haiti in 2007 and am so happy to be have traveled to Haiti again and again over the past seventeen years. This time, I’m visiting with Oliver, a co-founder of CRDF and current treasurer. In the past year, we had to cancel … Continue reading 2020 Trip Update 1

Haiti, 10 years after the earthquake

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Haiti's most heavily-populated area. The aftermath, much of which wouldn't be realized and counted until months and years later, was unimaginable. According to NPR, "The earthquake's main shock lasted almost 30 seconds. A series of aftershocks soon followed. An estimated 220,000 died, though Haiti's official estimates … Continue reading Haiti, 10 years after the earthquake

Holiday Shop with Scrip to Support CRDF

By Ashley Fleming As I write this, it is snowing again and I am quickly beginning to realize how fast the holidays are approaching! If you are anything like me, you hem and haw over what to get those special people in your life, and ultimately end with a gift card. Get ahead of the … Continue reading Holiday Shop with Scrip to Support CRDF

How Students Can Help Provide Education

How Students Can Help Provide Education By Ella DeMay My name is Ella DeMay and I am a big fan of the Caneille Regional Development Fund. After having the opportunity to volunteer in the past, I joined the CRDF Board this fall as a Junior Board Member. Through this position, I will continue to support … Continue reading How Students Can Help Provide Education

Watch our new video!

We are so excited to release this 7-minute video to help tell the story of CRDF and our mission to create opportunity through education in rural Haiti. Since 2006, the Caneille Regional Development Fund has been providing high-quality, free-of-charge education to the rural community of Caneille, Haiti. In this short movie, partners Oliver Zornow and … Continue reading Watch our new video!

Last Call for Friday Night Dinner!

If you haven't signed up yet for our Dinner and A Show, be sure to do so now. You get your chose of meal from Caribbean Taste delivered to your house and a short back-to-school update on Zoom for $25 donation. REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING THE SIGN UP BUTTON BELOW!