Impact of education support

By Cate

The Haiti Mission is to support education in our sister parish Notre Dame de Lourdes in Haiti. But, what does that really mean? The definition of Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university or an enlightening experience. Some of the tools needed to provide an education are; a space conducive to learning, desks, textbooks , other books for reading and research, chalk boards, writing implements, paper, note books and teachers. Of the tools needed to support education, teachers are the most important.
Your generous support for the last 20 years has helped to provide repairs to buildings to create learning environments, funds to purchase the materials to build desks, collecting writing implements, paper and notebooks, sending books for reading, making backpacks and supporting teachers.
The biggest indication that your generous contributions make a difference in Notre Dame de Lourdes parish is most evident at teacher training every year. We started teacher training seven years ago with 10 very unsure teachers. The training has grown to 80+ teachers with many assisting us with the training and the teachers now suggest topics about which they would like to learn more. These teachers have learned the dignity of their role in the lives of their students and the community. At teacher training in January 2019 we welcomed back almost half of the teachers, that is an important change to the parish. That we see some of teachers year after year is an indication of increased stability in the schools and communities.
Your generous support has helped us to grow the salary for the teachers to approximately $40.00 a month. Not a living wage but, reliable and consistent. This salary helps the teachers take care of their families. With your continued support we hope to increase the salaries to provide a living wage to the teachers who so lovingly and faithfully teach the children in our sister parish. Your generous support of education has helped the parish in many ways. There are more buildings, there are more children in school, there is a small store in one of the villages, the people in one of the villages have stalls on the main street and the people have some excess produce to sell at the market. You are creating change for the good in the lives of many people, thank you.

Your donation of $150, or whatever you can offer, helps give the children of Notre Dame du Lourdes a future.

Please Give Generously To Our 2019 Fall Education Fundraiser

Renmen Bondye, Sèvi Lòt Moun, Fòm Disip
Love God, Serve Others, Form Disciples.

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