Our main focus is to offer education to the poorest children of Haiti. We sponsor a Christian School in the Kenscoff Mountains called CALLEBASSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. The Principal, Nixon Dorlus, has built the school on his own property and offers education to the children in the area. There are seven teachers at the school with Kindergarten Classes to Grade 6. Approximately 106 children attend classes at the school. Many of the children walk several miles up and down the mountains to get to the school at 8 o'clock each morning. They are taught in French, and subjects include Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies. With the help of ACWAM (Active Christians With A Mission) and Sponsors of the children, we are able to support the school by paying the teachers and Nixon each month. Your generous donations also supply uniforms and school supplies for the children as well as providing a hot lunch each day before they head for home.
Our Mission Coordinator, John Blair, has visited Haiti seven times. The money raised through Pasta Dinners, Walk-A-Thons, and Donations has helped to build the school and support the ongoing work there. What a privilege to SHARE OUR FAITH WITH THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!
While visiting Haiti we have become friends with John & Dixie Bickel who run an Orphanage near Petionville called GLA (God's Littlest Angels Orphange). John and volunteers stay at the orphanage and help out by caring for the children (infants to 13 year-olds) and helping with repairs, cooking, cleaning, building shelves, etc. There is always something to do to keep the orphanage running smoothly. Part of our outreach has been to support the orphanage and help provide medical care to children who are often abandoned or orphaned.
The school is nearly finished but still needs new windows and a latrine, but we are getting close to having the School and apartment finished.
When the earthquake hit the School in January 2010 the School we helped to build withstood the shaking. Nixion was on the belconey and fell injuring his arm and leg. The children are now back in school as of the first of March.
In 2001 Ruthven Pastoral Charge began sponsoring Callebasse Christian School in Haiti. Harold Lapoint, his daughter Karen Kennedy and the ACWAM Team went down in 2001. John Blair, became our Mission Coordinator, and has been visiting Haiti each year to watch the progress. John's first visit was with an ACWAM Team in Oct 2002. The first floor of the school had just been completed. The team was given the job of painting the interior walls a bright pink.
John returned to visit the school in 2003. In February he helped out at GLA (God's Littlest Angels Orphanage) and he returned in December with Jack Lecot to celebrate Christmas with the children at Callebasse. In May 2004, Lyle Smith and John visited the school. They took Bibles donated by the Gideons and presented Nixon with a guitar to lead in singing. They had a great time singing and dancing with the children. In Dec 2004 John, Jack, and Ian Panton took over 200 Christmas gifts. The 'Santas' celebrated Christmas at Callebasse and God's Littlest Angels.
In Dec 2005 John and Linda Blair, Jack Lecot and Garry Cranston travelled to Haiti to deliver Christmas gifts once again. They also distributed 78 food packages to families at the school. In September 2006, when John and Linda left for their new Church, Emmanuel United Church, they joined the project as well as some other Churches in the Essex County area including Bethel Maidstone and Gesto United Church. Their support has been wonderful! John, Jack, and Dean Shoemaker took Christmas gifts in December 2006.
The last trip to Haiti was Tuesday, December 2, 2008. Ida, John, Linda and Dean took Christmas gifts for the children and teachers and food to the families which they distributed. The team has travelled to Haiti about two times each year. They take school supplies and Christmas gifts for the children, teachers and God's Littles Angels at Christmas time.
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In September 2007 we started to take back-packs with school supplies for the children at Callebasse Christian School. They follow a similar school year as we do here in Canada.
We now collect suit cases for the children to put their clothes in.Cry Haiti
Thanks to all those who supported our Haiti Mission Project again this year. We sponsored a great Pasta Dinner in May which made over $1,000. We will have our Annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday October 6 starting in Harrow.