Haiti (CMP/MNN) — Sunday marks the 4-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. Compassion International will set a positive tone for the day by looking to the future.
They’re finishing ten building projects for church partners affected by the disaster. The buildings will serve as schools for local children and Compassion-assisted child development centers for children enrolled in Compassion’s holistic child development program.
“On a day that brings the solemn remembrance of an earthquake that took thousands of lives, countless homes, and the hope of a nation, we are so thankful to celebrate these solid new facilities,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International senior vice president of global marketing and engagement.
“While it hasn’t been easy, there has been incredible progress in Haiti as a result of the dedication and commitment of our field staff and church partners to the children we serve. I can’t think of a better way to honor the past than to open new schools and child development centers for the children: the future of Haiti.”
Approximately 90% of children in Haiti attend private or church-run schools due to an unstable public school system. This allows Compassion church partners in Haiti to serve children who attend a school run by the local church as well as children enrolled in Compassion’s holistic child development program.
An estimated 22,500 children will benefit from these building projects. Compassion’s holistic care meets each child’s physical needs and introduces the Gospel.
Pray that the projects bring hope to Haiti’s people.
In addition to the 10 completed church building projects, Compassion has 9 church projects under construction with another 11 slated for construction within the next year. While relief and recovery efforts are far from complete, Compassion is joining its church partners on Sunday to celebrate the progress made.