By: Donna Rama
On Sullivan Engineering’s behalf, I recently volunteered at a benefit sponsored by the students in the Ethics and Community Engagement course at William Paterson University. This course provides a forum for students to theoretically and practically engage in critical ethical issues in the world. As part of the curriculum, the class takes on a real world ethical project in order to gain firsthand experience in identifying and taking action on a situation in which human beings are being overlooked, neglected, exploited or abused. The benefit was part of a semester long project that entails promoting and supporting an elementary school in Haiti called L’Ecole de Choix (The School of Choice).
L’Ecole de Choix offers a high-quality education to children living in the most extreme conditions of poverty in Haiti. It offers a caliber of education unheard of in most of Haiti, which is ranked 177th out of 186 countries in public education. At L’Ecole de Choix, students are offered a trilingual learning environment, enrichment activities, degreed and certified teachers, a technology lab, textbooks, athletic programs, art classes, an on-site nurse, meals, working electricity, and clean water. Their objective is to improve the state of the Haitian economy by focusing on leadership development through quality education. The school offers what is necessary to encourage its students to be the knowledgeable, ethical and responsible future leaders of Haiti.
At the benefit, I helped the college students sell t-shirts, wrist bands, baked goods, traditional Caribbean meat pies, etc. The festive display included tables covered with signs, information about the school, photos of L’Ecole de Choix students and colorful donation boxes. The Haitian flag flew in the background and people danced to traditional Haitian music.
In addition to supporting the fundraiser for L’Ecole de Choix at William Paterson University, the Sullivan Engineering team recently attended a benefit dinner held at a Haitian restaurant, Saveur Creole. The goal of the dinner was to raise funds to pay for an entire year of attendance at L’Ecole de Choix for a fifth-grade girl named Annia. Despite her family’s economic struggles and recent personal tragedy, Annia has been doing excellent work at L’Ecole de Choix and wants to become a teacher when she completes school. Earlier this year, Sullivan Engineering committed to be the sole sponsor for another student at L’Ecole de Choix, Carl Junior. Carl loves his math classes and wants to be an engineer when he grows up.
Sullivan Engineering’s work with L’Ecole de Choix is an expression of its belief in the importance of education. At Sullivan Engineering, this commitment begins internally. Through continuing education, training, and consistent reading, we constantly strive to enhance our knowledge and improve our skills. We believe it’s our professional responsibility to further our learning in order to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.
Another significant component of our culture at Sullivan Engineering is a desire to make a difference in communities beyond our door. Our team participates in activities that support people in need, and partners with organizations that address critical social issues in the world. We admire the work of L’Ecole de Choix and hope that our sponsorship of students like Annia and Carl will make a difference in the future of Haiti.