Our Student Sponsorship program is by far the biggest ministry focus area of our ministry. We currently have 31 students in this program covering a variety of ages and grades.
Many parents in Haiti are faced with tough choices when it comes to their children. Countless mothers and fathers make the decision to send their children to live with other family members, in an orphanage, or another arrangement. One of the huge reasons being, they want their children to have an education but they just can’t afford the cost of schooling.
These children are put under another’s care. Living with relatives they are often given many tasks around the home in order to earn their keep, becoming Resteveks (child servants). Sometimes they are mistreated or not allowed to go to school after all. In the orphanage scenario there is often abuse on top of the normal trauma of growing up in an institutional setting instead of a home.
But there is a better way! So many of these parents want to keep their children. We come alongside families of low income. Families who value their children and desire good for them. Partnering with them, helping to cover the cost of education, uniform, and school books. Enabling them to not have to make that difficult choice that so many others do.
In turn these kids are growing up with the potential of finding a good job in adulthood and breaking the cycle of poverty for their family! $25 a month is a small sacrifice to make to completely change a family’s life in Haiti.
Our children currently come from 4 different villages all within Centre Haiti. Each is required to be serious about school and make passing grades in order to remain in the program (summer tutoring is available when necessary). We check up with the families and children every few months. Asking how the semester is going, if there are greater needs within the household, covering prayer requests, and often bring gifts of food.
Each December a Christmas program is held for our students and their families. This celebration allows us to share the gospel, go over the dynamics of the program with new parents, and gift supplies for the school year.
Below are the photos of the children we sponsor. You can click on the image to learn more about the child and sponsor him or her.
Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017. Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life!