THE EARLY YEARS
In 2012, prior to the first visit to this location, the school and community leaders were asked what was needed to help the children of Marre Blanche, Haiti. They suggested that a school be built. The building they had was in poor condition and they had more children than the building could hold.
However, right away it was disclosed that their greatest need was food. At the time, our ministry could not sustain the cost of a daily feeding program. However, we learned that they may possibly qualify for school food through a Haitian mission organization if they had a kitchen, dining room, and storage room to secure the food.
In 2014 we completed a building for that purpose. It is now referred to as a multi-purpose building. It did not satisfy the requirement to receive school food. The Haitian mission organization also required that teachers have a higher level of education than our teachers have.
However, this multi-purpose building provides additional classrooms, helping to relieve crowding. It also provides temporary housing for visiting missionaries who bring the gospel message and hope for a better life. Among other benefits, it is a temporary medical clinic for annual school physicals conducted by nurses and doctors brought in by Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.
THE NEW SCHOOL
Hope for Caribbean Kids Christian School has been in use since the beginning of the 2018 school year. The goal is to have it finished and furnished by the 2020-2021 school year.
A HOT MEAL EVERY DAY
A daily feeding program started in June of 2019. A kitchen and dining room is needed. Currently daily meals are prepared outside. Students eat in their classrooms and outside.
They need a truck that is sturdy enough to maneuver of the rugged terrain. A motorcycle is the only motorized vehicle in the area. It is often in need of repairs. Currently, delivery trucks refuse to haul supplies to Marre Blanche. The supplies are dropped beside the road where community adults and children load heavy cement sacks, lumber, and other building supplies on their heads and their animals and walk them 45 minutes to the work site.