Ten of our 4th graders recently journeyed to the big city, Cap Haitien, to participate in the Lil’ Sparks Lego construction competition and celebration. The program is sponsored by an American foundation to encourage impoverished children to experience cooperation and science. Things went very well indeed; witness the photo at left of the kids in their “Institution Maranatha” T-shirts. Note that 9 of the 10 are girls.
Robert Ford Foundation, working through Institution Maranatha has funded 10 mountain spring containment projects. Springs are encased with concrete and then piped down to needy communities. This prevents most water contamination, the source of illness. “Ayiti” (Haiti) means “mountains” which greatly limits well drilling access. See the attached photo of an incredibly important way to spend just $250—drilled wells cost us $2,500 by comparison.
Secondary School Coming Right Along
The new secondary school building is for real, at last. Funded entirely through Building Goodness Foundation, they are employing dozens of local workers — the orphan kids get to pitch in also (see photo). The kitchen is even busier than ever: hundreds of student meals, orphan meals and now hungry workers. Propane provides fuel for about half the meals, charcoal the rest…400 plus meals!
College Awaits ... With Your Help
We must find a way to get more of our secondary graduates to college. They will be the ones to bring new skills back to this community. It has happened too rarely in the past. $1,500 provides a full year of education: all expenses, tuition, room and board, etc. in Cap Haitien. We will connect you personally with a qualifying student if you would like to consider sponsoring. Our coordinators will continue to oversee all transactions and monitor the student’s progress carefully.
Giving to The Haiti Mission and The Ford Foundation
Although the Ford Foundation and the Haiti Mission are longtime partners in support of the Grison-Garde community, we are separate entities and have no financial ties. If you would like to make a donation to the Ford Orphanage and School, please do so via this website or by mail. Details are on our Donations page.