Sustaining Life at the Glory Glory Center
With 52 kids, house moms for each dorm and the additional staff it takes to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each child, you can imagine the cost involved to keep the Glory Glory Center afloat. Through generous donations and campaigns over the last 5 years we have seen the Glory Glory Center transform from two small, damp rooms in the back of a church with a makeshift kitchen to an enclosed but spacious plot of land with 4 dorms, a medical clinic/church, a small but functional kitchen space, and the benefit of a team of women called to care for the 52 kids who are Haiti’s future.
Although the journey to now may have been long and challenging at times, it is clear God has had these kids and their future in his hands the whole time. While the dorms, medical clinic, gated barrier wall and simply having all 52 kids under the same roof (or roofs) may feel like a big check off, the work is not done. In fact, you might be surprised to know just how much has happened just this past summer.
The goal of the Glory Glory Center has always been to build and develop it in such a way that sustainability initiatives would reduce operating expenses at the site and produce enough income to ensure the Center would be self-sustaining within 5 years. Since last December, five (5) separate initiatives have been started with the support of the Mariners Church Men’s Ministry and in partnership with Harvest Craft and Evolution Haiti. These initiatives include ISOM (International School of Ministry) mobile Bible school, tree planting, several chicken coops, sewing business, and a livestock and crop program scheduled to launch in October 2015.
Over the next few months, in this newsletter, we will be detailing each of these sustainability initiatives and the benefit they are having on the Glory Glory Center. In the meantime, feel free to learn more about our two partners—Harvest Craft and Evolution Haiti—and make sure to check out this video regarding the importance of investing in small, in-country organizations and how sustainability initiatives such as these benefit the people of Haiti.