Here is the situation: An estimated 75% of Haitian children will never learn to read or write. Unlike the U.S., the Haitian government historically has not provided education for its citizens and the majority of Haitian families will never have the means to pay tuition. (Recently there have been several tuition-free government schools built, but we understand they are not paying the teachers.) The churches in every community operate their own schools and they hate to turn away the kids who want to come. So what happens? The teachers do not get paid. We find this situation again and again as we visit these schools.
A school sponsorship benefits the entire community! With monthly support the school can pay their teachers. They can also buy textbooks, have holiday parties or work on building projects that have been stalled. When you sponsor a school, you receive photos of the buildings, the teachers, administrator and each class! We send a map with the location clearly marked and a brief description of the area and the unique situation of that school. You will receive three letters each year providing news and updates about the school. Consider doing a sponsorship as a group (Sunday School, Youth group, Bible study group, Clubs) or as a family. The cost? Currently $125 per month. The reward? Priceless!
If you want to make a real impact in Haiti, this is it. And thanks to many who already sponsor schools! For more information, contact us or visit: http://www.acworldrelief.org/request-a-sponsorship/
More remote school visits! When the road stops what do you do? Just start walking! Recently we have hiked along some gorgeous streams and rivers as we made our way to several schools. One hike was on completely flat terrain but involved crossing the river several times, others were not as easy as we hiked up and down mountains in the sun! Sweaty we were! But meeting the kids and the teachers at the schools made every effort worthwhile! We are always refreshed by their thankful attitude and how they stick together to have a school with so little!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6