A School Will Help in More Ways than One!
Back in the fall of 2015, the Haiti Ministry wondered … if Sam could count on only one more, large capital investment from his partners in California, what would he use it for and why.
What we discovered was that, more than anything, he wants to be free from financial dependence on others … namely, us. As a Haitian entrepreneur who was interviewed in the movie Poverty, Inc. said, “No one wants to be a beggar for life,” and Sam agrees. He wants to be able to provide for his family (which just happens to consist of more than 50 kids and the multiple adults who care for them AND be able to help and give to others without jeopardizing his own.
Despite trying several sustainability initiatives to render the Glory Glory Center financially stable, we’ve learned that something much larger is needed. Small business ventures like the piggery in Charlette are terrific for community development because they utilize neighborhood assets to create jobs, engender pride, and provide a real benefit to the community, but they can’t sustain Sam’s kids’ forever home.
After months of research and number crunching, we have come to agree with Pastor Sam … a private school is the best (and possibly only) viable solution to meet Glory Glory’s financial needs in-country, without foreign investment.
This school has the potential to become the best school in Torbeck. That’s Sam’s and Ronald’s goal, and we believe they can make it happen, providing they receive investment capital from us. It’s their goal to educate Haiti’s youth to become its future leaders. They intend to teach Christian principles and values and to encourage their students to stay in Haiti to be the change that Haiti so desperately needs. Most Haitians with education and means flee to the USA, Canada, Britain, or France, creating a national “brain drain”.
A quality education in Haiti is not free, and without a quality education, there is little to no opportunity. The need for a quality school of this sort in the town of Torbeck is indisputable.
This school will be a source of pride in the community. It will not only sustain itself and the Glory Glory Center, but the Communauté de Gloire church as well. It will serve as a trade school in the evenings once the children have gone home, and it will ultimately generate enough revenue to invest in other community-building, income-generating initiatives as well. That means future Haitian initiatives will be financed by a Haitian entity … NOT a foreign entity.
Sam has already purchased the 7.5 acres of land on which he intends to build this school. Please join us in helping make this school a reality. Click here to give to the Haitian School Campaign.
Here are a few facts & figures about education in Haiti that you may find interesting (borrowed from HaitiPartners.org):
School Enrollment & Retention
- 50 percent of children do not attend school. (World Bank 2013)
- Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will abandon school before sixth grade. (UNICEF 2008)
- Only 29 percent of Haitians 25 and above attended secondary school. (USAID 2015)
Quality of Education
- Almost 80 percent of teachers have not received any pre-service training. (USAID 2015)
- Half of public sector teachers in Haiti lack basic qualifications. (USAID 2015)
- 90% of primary schools are non-public and managed by communities, religious organizations or NGOs. (USAID 2007)
- Haiti’s literacy rate is 61% – 64% for males and 57% for females. (CIA Factbook Nov 2015)
- The average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean developing countries is 92%. (World Bank 2015)
These statistics are bleak and illustrate the need for quality, accessible education throughout Haiti. For Sam, education has always been a priority for the 50+ children at the Glory Glory Center, and he’s confident that this proposed school will provide them and many others in the community with a top-notch education, leading to future opportunities for success.