D2C funds the education of all the children in the D2C Family Home. This includes tuition, uniforms, books and transportation to/from the school. All our kids attend the best school in the community, Fils Cam School, except for Fransisco, who is currently in a mechanical apprenticeship and attends St. Anne’s School part-time.
In 2015, D2C expanded its mission to include educational programs following a community-based needs assessment. Seeking to address the Cayes Jacmel community’s critical educational needs and to create a wider impact, D2C initiated its Afterschool Tutoring Program in April 2015 at the local St. Anne’s School. The program served 75 students in its first academic year. In the 2018-2019 school year, D2C will double the size of the students served and teachers supported in the program.
While the D2C tutoring program has been incredibly successful, it does not adequately address the low matriculation and retention numbers that plague the community. Despite excellent exam scores, if students are unable to pay school fees or there’s a lack of qualified teachers, they cannot advance to the next grade. To ensure access to sustainable and high-quality education in Cayes Jacmel, D2C elected to proceed with partnering with St. Anne’s to develop a D2C funded Community School.