Haiti (MNN) — The so-called “next generation” is vital to any nation’s development. It’s especially true in Haiti, where less than 2% of students finish secondary school, and 40% of adults are illiterate.
Recognizing a widespread need for education, Starfysh placed it as one of their priority projects in La Gonave, Haiti. As a result, the remote mountain village of Makochon got their first school.
“A lot of children need to go to school, and the parents don’t have a way to send them,” Pastor Joppie explains through a translator. “Starfysh [is] helping us a lot: giving the children books, uniforms, bags for school, and feeding them.”
Starfysh transformed an unused, heavily-damaged church building into a four-room school building, complete with blackboards and benches. The school’s inauguration year was completed with 85 students finishing grades K-3, and a fourth-grade class was added for the 2013-2014 school year.
Serving as both the pastor of a neighboring church and the school’s principal, Joppie says children learn more than reading and writing.
“The first thing to teach them [is] the Bible, because they need to know God [as] their Savior,” he states enthusiastically.
Creole textbooks have Makochon parents bragging about their children’s new ability to read and write. “When the children [are] learning in French, they are not adapting the lesson as well. But…when we begin to teach them in Creole, it is easy for them to read.”
The school’s well-rounded educational system also includes lessons in nutrition, hygiene, gardening, soil management, and business creation.
Ask the Lord to sustain the school in Makochon. Pray that more villages may be reached through Starfysh initiatives.
Pray that “God can grow [the school] fast to show people the Gospel of God,” Joppie requests.