Divine Grace Orphanage and Schools
Children who cannot hear are isolated
Children who are deaf can’t experience birds chirping or other children’s laughter. They don’t hear warnings of danger or praises of achievement and are often shunned by society. This is especially true in developing countries like Haiti where daily survival requires all five senses.
One couple heard their cry for help
Pastor Genada and his wife Rose felt a calling to help deaf children in Haiti. They knew children who could not hear were made fun of because they didn’t understand questions or talked funny. These children are isolated from their community.
They opened Divine Grace School for the Deaf in Gonaives, Haiti in 1995 for 15 young children from the nearby community. It is still one of the only deaf schools in Haiti that teaches universal sign language and follows the same national curriculum used by non-handicapped children.
Divine Grace Orphanage in Gonaives opened in 2007
Between 2004 and 2007 Haiti endured one pounding after another from hurricanes and torrential rains. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and thousands of children were abandoned and left homeless. The Genadas were once again called to action.
Pastor Genada and Rose took in a handful of newly orphaned children and a new course was set. One that would include both deaf children and orphans.
Today 42 children ages three to 18 call Divine Grace Orphanage their home. The children arrive with hollow eyes of hunger and varying health challenges. The Genadas work with local clinics and hospitals to assess each child’s health. They make sure that each child receives immunizations and any special medication they need.
A team of eight caretakers watch over the children, dress them in clean clothes, cook all their meals and provide them with a loving home. Dorm parents stay with them during the night to watch over the younger children and comfort them.
Divine Grace opened a primary school in Gonaives in 2011
Without an education, these orphans would have no future. As the young children became of school age, Pastor Genada once again looked to the future of these precious lives. The public schools in Haiti charge tuition and students must pay for their own books and supplies. What chance would an orphan have to get an education much less a child who is deaf?
Necessity spurred the Genadas to take the next step and they opened Divine Grace Primary School. Today the school provides an education for more than 140 impoverished children from the orphanage and surrounding community. Forty-eight of the children from the community have impaired hearing and join the 10 deaf orphans to learn universal sign language in addition to their other studies.
Some of the older children are offered scholarships to attend public high school. Other teens attend vocational training to learn how to sew or paint.
Divine Grace students who have hearing impairments learn that they can become self-sufficient and lead a normal life. Armed with confidence and talent, these children are making their mark in the community and helping to change society’s view of the deaf. The students realize that with an education they will have a chance to support themselves someday. Divine Grace gives them more than an education, it gives them hope.
Divine Grace opened a second primary school in Raboto in 2012
Not far from Divine Grace in Gonaives is the impoverished community of Raboto. With little resources and few job opportunities, most people live in make-shift homes without proper sanitation. The unpaved streets and beaches are strewn with garbage. Unattended pigs and goats scavenge among the debris further polluting the streets.
Most of the families living there can’t afford to send their children to school but place a high value on education. The Genadas once again saw a huge need and opened a second primary school for nearly 300 children from this destitute community. The students sit side by side on wooden benches with only a blackboard separating one classroom from the other. A two-seat outhouse is in the middle of the playground with only one faucet to wash their hands.
Without Divine Grace the children from Raboto would never get a primary education. They also receive a hot nutritious lunch which is often their only meal of the day.
All Children supports Divine Grace and we need your help
All Children ensures that 42 orphans have a loving home and more than 400 students have an opportunity that they never dreamed possible. Help us give these children a voice.
Life is fragile without medical care
When medical care is needed but not available, children become a burden to their parents and are often abandoned.
- $300 per month provides medical care, medicine, testing and immunizations for all the orphans
- $100 per month assists with emergency medical care
- $70 per month covers the healthcare needs of 10 orphans
**$700 per year pays for vaccinations for all 300 students in Raboto**
Save children from starvation
Kids need a healthy start each day. Good nutrition is the foundation for physical and mental development.
- $1,680 per month feeds 42 orphans in Gonaives three nutritious meals seven days a week
- $1,350 per month provides a nutritious lunch for all 300 students in Raboto five days a week
- $700 per month provides a nutritious lunch to over 140 students in Gonaives five days a week
- $300 per month pays for the cooks who prepare the meals each day
More than 400 children receive an education from Divine Grace Primary Schools
The dedicated teachers share Pastor Genada’s passion of providing the children a primary education. The 12 classrooms in Raboto are bursting at the seams and a new 15’ x 60’ building is under construction.
- $1,350 per month pays the salaries of 15 teachers in Raboto
- $900 per month covers the cost of 10 teachers in Gonaives
- $100 per month provides four scholarships to a nearby high school
** Two one-time donations of $5,000 are needed to build three more classrooms in Raboto**
These children are impossible to ignore. The poor and deaf should not be discarded or ignored. Together we can do amazing things. Help us give Pastor Genada the tools and gifts he needs to make a real difference.
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