Although Friends of Borgne targets assistance for the poorest families through sponsorships, there are many families in Borgne that struggle to educate their children. One principal shared that up to 40% of families fail to pay their full tuition, which leaves the school short on paying teacher salaries. Still he said, “How can we force a child to lose a whole year of school for a few hundred gourdes ($20 USD). It just wouldn’t be right.”
Many teachers consider their work, at least in part, as community service. Some work the entire school year without being paid. While noble, lack of pay leaves them in personal financial difficulty. When they find another opportunity for work, they tend to cancel classes, deteriorating the overall quality of education.
While there are not enough schools for all the children needing an education in Borgne, schools still close because large number of parents are unable to pay their tuition bills part way through the year or because of low enrollment in general.