September 23, 2012

Education/ Church Schools

Approximately 70% of the adults in Haiti are illiterate.

However, only about 50%, or 2.25 million, of the school aged children in Haiti are enrolled in schools.  About 80% of those children are in private schools.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the private primary schools are not licensed and the government has no control over the quality of education.

Only 30% to 40% of the children enrolled in schools will continue past the sixth (6th) grade.  This is largely due to the classes not being offered in the area where they live.  However, not being able to afford the cost of education is the major obstacle to receiving and continuing education in Haiti.

James 2:15-17 says, ‘If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.’

God has called us to Haiti to help the children.  Therefore, Children’s Hope now has eight church schools which are educating over 850 children. 

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Ministry Costs:  The parents of the these children do not have the money to send their children to school.  The schools must pay the salaries of their teachers and staff in order to keep the schools open.  In addition to salaries, the children need hot lunches year-round (many do not eat a meal every day), school uniforms, books, supplies and medical/dental care.  To operate a school for one month costs about $1100 – $1500 (per school) depending upon the number of children.

Administration:  The schools are jointly administered by the pastor of the church and Children’s Hope staff.  Common school policies and procedures have been developed and are enforced.   Everything associated with these schools is focused on the goal of bringing glory to God through excellence in administration and education.  The standards for the staff is high and compensation is commensurate with qualifications and performance.  This means that although the school is under the direction of the pastor, the manner of operation and staffing is defined together with our ministry.

Volunteer Support:  Our ministry staff is augmented with volunteers.  We have retired school administrators, retired and active teachers, and many others who are helping us with policy development, teacher and administrator training, and student assessments.

Financial Support:  Please consider helping these children through financial support.  The people of Haiti face insurmountable odds!  There is a Haitian proverb:  “Deye Mon Gen Mon” which seemingly means “beyond the mountain is another mountain.”  But we are quick to add that our God is bigger than the mountains And with faith the size of a mustard seed we know that a mountain can be tossed into the sea!

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