School is not free, like you may think it is. It is amazing how a 3rd - or 5th as some would say - world country have to pay for so many things. It almost seems unfair, then you really think about it. They don't have government programs to help with funding the schools. Teachers have to be paid, books and supplies have to be bought, and maintenance and upkeep have to take place. Where does this money come from? Well, that is why they charge each student a fee to go to school.
|The blan (white people) have interrupted class - yet again, but look at|
those smiles - aren't they great!
Now, I am a supporter of uniforms. I believe it helps level the playing field of the students. There are already so many other obstacles for children and teens to overcome, that I say, "Yes," to uniforms. The down side to that is - so does Haiti. So, children not only have to pay for school fees, and some books, but they also have to buy their uniforms. Now, they look very nice heading to school and when you peek into a classroom, the students look very professional sitting there (yes, even the little 3 & 4 year olds), but this can be a hurdle for some families to overcome. I said "some," but I should have said "most."
|We were doing a hat distribution - it helps |
when you are walking to school each morning or afternoon.
Fortunately, many have committed to provide aid for those who are not able to afford the expenses. Many missionaries and organizations throughout Haiti help children and teens (and often young adults) go to school. They work on raising the awareness of the situation around the globe. Global Outreach has not overlooked this need. We do have a sponsorship program to help the local children and teens in our area. The normal sponsored amount is $200 a year per person. This amount usually helps pay for all of the child's fees for the younger children and supplements the older children's expenses to help make it possible for them obtain an education.
If you are interested in helping in this area, please feel free to contact us. Also, we request your prayers for the children/teens attending school, for the teachers, aides, and staff of each school, and for the families of all. May the Lord bless Haiti's people and the work being done here and may HE get the glory.