Changing Lives in Haiti

“We are most thankful and pray for the success of your mission in Haiti.” – Pastor Sully, Foyerdivin School.  “The kids cannot get enough of the computers.” – Roosevelt, Principal of IMEC School.  “Clean water means everything.” – Jean Claude, Director at Ecole de Lespoir.

As suggested by these reflections, our work is making a difference in the lives of school children in Haiti.  During our mission in November, we visited each of our existing program schools and found all very pleased.  Each school has solar power, computers and a water purification system provided by our Thomas Food Program.

Upgraded Solar Cart

Upgraded Solar Cart

Water Purification System

Water Purification System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The computers are positively  impacting student learning – particularly in math and science.  The challenge is how to get more time for each student given the large size of the schools and the limited number of computers.  The kids are so enthralled when they get to use a computer.  It makes learning fun and engages students in a way that traditional teaching cannot.

Laptops We Use

Laptops We Use

Teaching use of computers

Teaching use of computers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access to clean water is helping with improved hydration and a reduction in water borne illness.  We have encouraged each school to offer water to the surrounding communities, as system capacity permits.  We will continue to explore ways to deploy water filtration on a broader basis.  In our homes in the U.S., we expect good water by just turning on the tap.  Not so in Haiti.  Water either comes from polluted ground water or impure government water.  Few Haitians can afford to pay for commercially available clean water.

The solar carts are providing power to schools that had none before.  Government provided electricity is so limited and is generally not available. Our entry level cart provides modest daily electricity – enough for a few computers, periodic water filtration and limited lighting.  We are working on a couple of upgrade options to offer two or three times as much power – for more computers and other school uses.

Our most ambitious trip yet, our November outcomes included:

  • Health checkups for a thousand school children
  • Distribution of vitamins and medicines, such as deworming pills
  • Introduction of solar, clean water and computers at our sixth school
  • Training of teachers on use of computers and classroom lesson planning
  • Electronics upgrades on all carts in service
  • Maintenance of all school water filtration systems
  • Introduction of additional educational software applications
  • Deployment of additional classroom teaching aids
  • Distribution of 200 new dresses made by Hands for Haiti
  • Repairs of various school facilities
  • Visiting additional schools for future inclusion in the program

Of special mention is that the health checkups were so valuable.  Our mission doctor addressed a number of significant issues. Most common was that many kids had worms from drinking bad water and poor hygiene.  She also referred two heart conditions for additional care.

Student Health Checkup

Student Health Checkup

Handing out new clothes

Handing out new clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to be working with a dedicated, effective staff in Haiti.  They are doing great work for which we are most proud.  They are grounded in a faith of giving, caring and sharing.  We are so grateful for the support of the churches and individual donors who have helped make our program possible.  You are changing lives!

 

 

 

Doing crafts with the kids

Doing crafts with the kids

Upgrading laptops at schools

Upgrading laptops at schools

Meeting with school leaders

Meeting with school leaders

Kids we serve

Kids we serve

Kids we serve

Kids we serve

Kids we serve

Kids we serve

Our team - Steve

Our team – Steve

Our team - Zac

Our team – Zac

Our team - Phil

Our team – Phil

Our team - Teri

Our team – Teri

Our team - Warren

Our team – Warren

Our team - James

Our team – James

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