Well, here we are at the end of our first school year! It has been quite an amazing year for students, teachers, staff and for us at Sant Espwa.
As I have often said before, amazing doesn't always equal easy. In fact, running an organization in Haiti is anything but easy. Daily there are issues that come up and the enemy just wants to win and have us give up. We refuse to allow him that victory. I've heard people say many times that Haiti has a way of filtering out the weak and I've seen that, at times I've felt like we might be next! It's hard to not be frustrated and feel broken by the weekly situations that occur. I get frustrated that one of our mothers takes her daughter to the market to sell goods, instead of sending her to school. Or that one of our students was hit by a car and his family couldn't afford to bring him to the hospital so they waited leaving him with an infected leg.
I don't share those stories to paint a bad picture in your mind of Haiti, but I share them because it's real. Everyday there is a struggle that no matter how hard we try to understand the culture and daily life of Haitians, we will never fully understand. While I become frustrated or brokenhearted probably daily, I retreat back into prayer. Into the word that is layered in promises. Into a place of thankfulness.
"The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." Psalm 9:9
“But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone. For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.” Psalms 109:30-31
Next week, June 23rd, families will receive their student’s exam scores. At this time, we will also have to tell families of children who are not currently sponsored, that their student’s tuition is not covered by us for next year. That means families will need to provide their own entrance fees, books, uniforms (shoes included) and monthly tuition. We want children in school, not the market, we want families to be able to afford their basic necessities and this can happen by taking the burden of school costs off of them!
I really do hate asking all of you for money. But I hate children not being in school even more. I KNOW that if we all come together and put our resources together, we can tell these families next week that their student will be covered for at least one more year of school costs. SO would you PLEASE click on the link below. No amount is too small! Every dollar counts :)
Thank you for taking a step into a child's education!