Economic Opportunities for Haitians
Organized by: Elizabeth Jabco
Elizabeth Jabco via Crowdrise
May 16, 2015
Currently we are focusing on two different projects. I will breifly describe each here, but please check out full details on our blog: https://justiceideastoaction.wordpress.com/
We are partnering with a school founded by Enock's father in Goanives, Haiti. In Haiti, the public education system is widely unreliable. In public school's each day is a guessing game as to wheter the teachers will show up (due to unreliable or non existat compensation for their work) Enock's dad, Lahens, founded a private school run through their church nearly two decades ago. Because this school is community run, there is a reliable staff that dedicates their time and talents to this young population. However, funding is tight. Ideally, each family would pay a small fee of $60 per year. This cost would presumably cover the salaries of the teachers. Unfortunately, many families are unable to pay this small amount with their less than $2/ day wages. Multiple this meager tuition cost by 4 children and you have an almost impossible bill for families that are making (if they are lucky) $60 per month. Lahens has for years, has found some pretty innovative ways to try and keep the school afloat including purchasing a bus that goes back and forth from Gonaives to Port au Prince (the capital). But, recently due to riots and road blockages during the presidental elections and a lack of interest in bus fare, the bus has been lucky to run once per month. Here is where you come in, we need sponsors to help cover the salaries of the teachers. There are currently 8 teachers employed at the school, each of which should be paid $80/ month (above the federal poverty line in Haiti). We are looking for one time donations as well as monthly contributions. Please prayerfully consider donating a gift of hope to one of these hard working teachers. When you support one of these teachers, you enable them to provide for their families, put food on the table, pay for medicals and send their own children to school. A dollar goes a long way in Haiti.
Lahens is in the process of starting a bakery. This is another great way to invest your money for a sustainable cause. As we all know, it is one thing to give money to help with immediate needs, but how about donating to a cause that helps people get out of poverty. Lets provide jobs, people! The great news is, Lahens has already purchased much of the equipment needed for the bakery. Now he needs a space for the community to run the business! Invest in this social business that will provide job opportunities in a country that has a 40.6% employment rate.