If you have the time…

… I wanted to share a story with you.

A few years ago in Haiti, I met a guy who told me about his high school experience.

It was startlingly different to mine.

At the start of eighth grade, his parents could not longer afford to send him to school. And so he went to work.

He worked for a year in construction, then he went and did his eighth grade.

After that, he had no money for ninth grade.

So he worked for half a year, finding as much work as he could in construction, plumbing and cleaning and saved up. He worked extra hard and did ninth and tenth grade in one year, to make up for missed time.

He couldn’t pay to do his eleventh grade.

So his school director asked him to get 7 other students to register the school, and his school fees would be free. He did this. In the middle of the year, the school director asked him to pay. He couldn’t.

So, he was kicked out of the school.

Unfortunately, this kind of story doesn’t surprise me. He’s only one of the many people I’ve met here in Haiti who have told me that since they were young, their parents either abandoned them or couldn’t afford to help them, so they had to work to pay for their own schooling.

This particular story is stuck in my memory though, because it’s my husband’s.

I sometimes look at my friends here in Haiti, and wonder how different their lives would be if they were placed in a developed country, and had all the same advantages and opportunities that I had growing up. Most of them would have finished university. He’d be a doctor. She’d be an engineer. He’d probably have his own recording studio by now.

But they aren’t in any of those positions because somewhere along the way, something broke down for them.

And for the vast majority of them, it was the lack of finances for their education.

At New Light Institute, children come to our school for free, because we believe that children should not miss years of education simply because their parents can’t afford to pay for school. We have a blue and white uniform, but if they can’t afford a uniform, they can come in white shirt and jeans. And if they don’t have that, they can come in whatever clothing they do have.

This is because our vision is to see a school where children come, regardless of what they can afford, and receive a quality education for free. We want them to be taught by loving, Christian teachers who believe in them and encourage them to become all that they are called to be.

And today, we want to share with you a special opportunity to impact not only one child, but a whole class of children.

Sponsor a teacher today, and help provide quality education to a class of children.

Your sponsorship will help cover a teacher’s salary to teach a class – educating, discipling and preparing Haiti’s youngest citizens, to lead tomorrow’s Haiti. It will mean this school can continue to operate for free, and the neediest children in the community can still receive a quality education.

A teacher’s monthly salary is $150 US, so a full sponsorship of $150 per month will ensure that teacher is paid month in and month out to teach up to thirty children. If you’d like to sponsor a teacher but are unable to give that much, please consider giving partial sponsorship of $25, $30, $50 or $75 a month. Any gift is a blessing and your prayerful and financial partnership is greatly valued.

Meet our teachers, a group of wonderful, loving individuals who are passionate about teaching and helping the children become all they’re called to.

If you’d like to sponsor a teacher today and help provide quality education to a class of children, simply leave a comment here or shoot me an email at emilydiana at gmail dot com.
With so much gratitude and love,
Emily, the team at BelVil, and some of the cutest kids in the world.