We have arrived safely. Our plane landed at 8 AM this morning and by 10 AM we were up the mountain in Guibert and hard at work. Stephanie was able to meet with and observe the 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade classes today. She immediatlely noticed great improvement in the classrooms compared to last year. These teachers and administrators have been working hard to better themselves and better their students.
We have arrived in Haiti at an odd time. The begining of the week was Carnival (Mardi Gras), a time that is usually a rather large party, but things turned tragic when nearly 20 people died in an accident during the parade in Port-au-Prince. The leadership has declared the remainder of the week to be days of mourning and most of the country has shut down. Businesses were closed, schools dismissed, and traffic as almost non-existent. In a country scarred by tragedy through out their history this just seems like another in a long line of scars.
And, of course, tragedy is all that makes the news in the US. US media doesn't report about the growing private business sector in Haiti that is providing thousands of new jobs. We don't hear about the massive roads projects that is improving the nations infastructure. We certainly don't hear about the growing evangelical churches that are reaching the Haitian people with the gospel like never before. And our media would not report about the improvements in small village schools, like Guibert, where the education level is on the rise and hundreds of children are being given an opportunity for a better future.
The good news is that you don't have to be a millionaire business man to help the people of Haiti. Through Hope for the Hungry's "Educate Haiti" Initiative, you can make an impact in the life of one child for only$12 per month. Our staff is pushing the "Educate Haiti" initiative hard for 2015. Our schools are growing and the opportunities are too great to watch from the sidelines. The future of these children and thus the future of Haiti, hangs in the balance. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us at $12 a month in support of "Educate Haiti"? For more information or to make a donation visit www.educatehaiti.org