Divine Grace Orphanage and Its Two Primary Schools
Day to day existence seems hopeless for children living in poverty and “future” is a word without meaning. Impoverished children who are deaf live in a world that is silent and lonely. Divine Grace orphanage and its two primary schools give hope to more than 40 orphans, 55 deaf children and 350 students from the surrounding community. Education can change the course of a child’s life.
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Poverty affects every aspect of life from healthcare to education. Once Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the New World, but today it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Fifty percent of the children in Haiti never attend school and half of them that do won’t make it to third grade. The story turns even more heart-rendering for the thousands of children who can’t hear. These children are made fun of by other children, shunned by society and are isolated from their community.
One man and his wife could not turn their backs on these outcast children. In 1995 Pastor Genada and his wife Rose moved their family to Haiti to work with deaf children. They opened a school to teach sign language.
A series of natural disasters battered Haiti between 2004-2007. Thousands of people died and the number of children without parents swelled. The Genadas were once again called to action and opened Divine Grace Orphanage in 2007. Today 42 children ages three to 18 call Divine Grace Orphanage their home.
In a natural progression of events, the dedicated couple then opened their first primary school in 2011 for the deaf children, orphans and poor children from Gonaives. A year later, they opened a second primary school in the nearby impoverished community of Raboto.
We are their best chance for a brighter
Located 3 hours northwest of Port-au-Prince, Gonaïves and Raboto are surrounded by mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Major storms in the last decade have forced thousands into shelters.
SHELTER AND EDUCATION ARE THE FIRST STEPS TOWARD LIFTING CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY
Divine Grace Orphanage in Gonaives provides a loving home for children who have been abandoned and have no relatives to care for them.
- 42 children call Divine Grace home
- 10 of these orphans are deaf
- Three nutritious meals are served each day
- Dorm parents stay with the children each night
- Medical care is provided
Divine Grace Primary School in Gonaives serves more than 140 children.
- The orphans are joined by 117 students from the surrounding community to get a quality education
- More than 55 deaf students learn sign language
- Nutritious lunches are served to all the students
- High school scholarships are provided to orphans that are eager to learn more
- Vocational classes in sewing and painting are also provided to improve employment opportunities
Divine Grace Primary School in Raboto serves a destitute community where families never dreamed that their children
could get an education.
- Nearly 300 students pack 12 classrooms for the opportunity to learn
- The hot lunch at school is often the only meal they will eat that day
- Each student is provided a uniform, books and school supplies
A LITTLE MONEY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO A CHILD IN HAITI
Poverty collides with health. The effects from a child’s poor health are evident in their stunted growth, frequent illnesses and increased childhood mortality.
- $100 per month assists with emergency medical care
- $70 per month covers the healthcare costs of 10 orphans
- $60 per month ensures that 300 children in Raboto receive vaccinations each school year
Food fuels the body so the mind can learn.
- $1,680 per month feeds 42 orphans in Gonaives three nutritious meals each day seven days a week
- $700 per month feeds lunch to 117 students in Gonaives each day
- $450 per month offers a hot lunch to 100 children each day in Raboto
A primary education teaches children math, reading and writing.
- $900 per month covers the cost of 10 teachers including the sign language instructors in Gonaives
- $100 per month provides four scholarships to a nearby high school
- $15 per month provides a school uniform, books and supplies for one student
World disasters make headlines, but we cannot ignore the everyday struggles of families living in poverty.
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