Education & Sponsorship
Fostering and Promoting Education, Farming, Development, and More
Educating Fond-des-Blancs and doing what is needed
Unlike most of Haiti, nearly 100% of the school age children in Fond-des-Blancs go to school. The concept of beginning a child’s education at age three to five years old began when HCDF began encouraging preschool age children in the community to attend their school. Nearly 30 years later, the entire educational philosophy of the community has changed. Today, it is not uncommon for a child in Fond-des-Blancs to graduate from high school, and several are going onto a university education thanks to the support made available through HCDF contributor donations.
The numbers in the L’Exode schools continue to rise, and with the addition of university-supported students, there is a great need for many more child sponsors. Less than 10% of the L’Exode students currently have sponsors.
Working to restore the fundamental human right of a decent life
As the old saying goes, give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. This statement is true but if the land and boat the man fishes on is own by someone else, he will always be subservient to another, we must find ways for everyone to participate in living a full life. That truth is also a guiding principle behind so much of what the Haiti Christian Development Fund does, and what it is all about. Through teaching and education, including lessons in areas like farming, language, and technology, the goal isn't to help communities for today - but to help them to be capable of helping themselves for a lifetime.
As the continued outreach and efforts of teaching, farming, and other aid are shared by the Haiti Christian Development Fund, progress is being witnessed. Through the use of tools like education about farming, communities get stronger and closer to being self-sufficient.
It is that kind of dignity and life that the Haiti Christian Development Fund is working to restore, and as Nelson Mandela so eloquently stated, "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”
That shows the dignity of being able to feed yourself, provide for your family, make a living, and the right to have the opportunity to create that kind of life and these kinds of communities. Through the support of many and with the help of organizations like the Haiti Christian Development Fund, that dignity of life and the right to that dignity is being offered.
If you would like more information about the Haiti Christian Development Fund, or if you would like to know how to get involved and help, contact us today. We can all make a difference, beginning with just one small act of kindness at a time.