Haiti Day 4: Outreach Update Part II (Christian Views on Disability)

June 25, 2010

Our last stop in Haiti was a third trip to Pazapa.  Generous education students from Morraine Valley College donated school supply kits.  In the kits were crayons, pads of paper, and a small game (a puzzle or a deck of cards).  Pazapa directors Marika and Tijo were so excited to receive this useful gift.  The school kits will be distributed to the students before their summer break.  The children will be encouraged to practice their writing over the summer, and the stimulating games will keep them sharp for the next school year!

We were also blessed to see Elim’s HOPE Packs in use at the Calvary Church School.  In Haiti, children are required to wear uniforms to school.  While a free education is mandated for every Haitian child, the high cost of books, school supplies and the uniform combined is often prohibitive for many families.  Elim’s HOPE Packs help eliminate a barrier to Haitian children getting an education.

Many of the children at Calvary Church School live at the orphanages funded through Haitian Support Ministries.  At the New Life Children’s Home, sixty-three children are shown the love of Christ every day.  Elim HOPE Packs school supplies help these orphaned children attend school.