Throughout the United States, children are going back to school. For many, a new school year means new clothes, pencils, erasers, crayons, and other supplies. Haitian families also anticipate the start of another school year, but in a different way. Some parents wonder if they will be able to send their children to school. Others wonder which of their children they should send. Still others wonder how they will ever come up with money for school supplies and school uniforms, which are required in most schools.
At CAM, we realize that education isn’t the key to fixing all the world’s problems, but do recognize that it is an important tool that can help improve Haiti’s future. Haiti’s future lies within its children. Our goal, through the Haiti-Sponsor-A-Child School Program, is to give these children an opportunity to receive a Christian education that will not only help them get a job, but also help them make wise choices as they grow older.
Because of supporters’ donations, Samantha SaintFleur is able to attend a school near Port-au-Prince. This is the only Christian school in her area, and Samantha walks 40 minutes to and from school each week day. Though it takes a lot of effort for her to attend school, the education she receives is worth it.
Providing this life-changing tool to children won’t happen without good teachers. To ensure that the sponsored students receive quality education, CAM holds a teachers’ training seminar each summer for all the teachers in CAM-supported schools. The one-week retreat provides academic tests and Biblical training that helps equip them to teach effectively. Some of the topics at this year’s retreat were, Understanding the Students’ Minds and Needs, The Power of a Contagious Teacher, and Teaching with Vision.
Thank you, supporters, for giving young lives in Haiti a tool to improve their futures. Please pray that students will not only learn academic lessons, but will also learn about God and His plan for their lives.