Merkabah’s Story and Mission
On a rainy Tuesday afternoon while taking notes in my black political leadership course at Emory, I got an email about an opportunity to travel to India, Kenya or Ecuador to be an ambassador for girls’ education. I quickly signed up for an interview and filmed a three minute long video clip about my passion for education. When I found out the contest was sponsored by Intel and that thousands of entries were submitted, I quickly dismissed the possibility.
With great surprise, I learned a few weeks later that I was a finalist and subsequently the winner of the Intel for Change international contest!
I was given an incredible opportunity to meet with global developers, celebrities, ambassadors, engineers, teachers, corporation and government leaders to discuss innovation and challenge. We collaborated to better understand the intersection between development, education and technology. This platform focused substantially upon exploring innovative ways to engage children in development and social mobility.
Chrissybil Boulin, Founder
Merkabah International Foundation was founded on January 1st, 2015.
Merkabah aspires to create sustainable partnerships with individuals, organizations, schools and educational institutions around the world to develop a ‘hands on’ curriculum equipped to enrich cognitive and creative skills that allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds to tackle the multifaceted challenges (environmental, social and economic) that our global society faces.
Merkabah’s vision is to quantify results from the use of its curriculum and teacher training initiatives through data analysis that can be shared with pre-existing schools and the Haitian government to encourage the incorporation of the Merkabah Method into the national education system. This innovative learning system will allow students to have access to formal education that propels them into internationally recognized vocations and equips them with vocational skills that complement the unique development of their home context.
Merkabah partners with pre-existing schools in Haiti and abroad to play a role in advancing innovative curriculum for all children, focusing particularly on those from economically disadvantaged countries.
Merkabah creates and distributes stem, art and mindfulness based curriculum to educational institutions abroad at a cost and provides a version of this curriculum to schools in Haiti at no cost.
Merkabah’s purpose is to create a ‘hands on methodology’ to promote wellness and community building through a double pillar (art and STEM) educational approach for Pre- K – 2nd grade students. This holistic approach is designed to boost creativity while equipping teachers and students with the vocational skills necessary to encourage human wellbeing, practical innovation, and capital growth.
Transition and Outreach
We are currently registered as a FL 501c3 and originally planned to build an elementary school in Haiti. However, realizing the urgency and need of millions of children who are currently enrolled in schools without access to quality education, we are now transitioning into a social enterprise model. Our project will introduce necessary vocational skills to a larger number of children through teacher training and curriculum building initiatives. As such, we are looking to build partnerships with individuals, schools, organizations, tutoring companies and other educational institutions to create, test and disperse curriculum materials