Projects like ours are able to satisfy basic needs such as medical care and nutritional support, but EDUCATION requires a constant commitment to the future. There is no room for complacency in the effort to ensure that a rising generation of young people have the skills to find a good job, avoid illness and unwanted pregnancy, and — among other critical skills — learn to identify and combat corruption.
It is difficult to look into the faces of these hundreds of young adults knowing that, for many, education will cease unless funding is found for them to go on to further their vocational or university studies. Our vocational school offers continuing training for 60 to 70 students, but only 20 to 30 new students can enter each year, since the training for tailoring and carpentry lasts 3 years.
Not a cent has been wasted, as is our promise, but we have found so much more that should be done, such as:
- Build 2 new community schools
- Offer college to more of our graduates
- Drill additional wells
- Add more homes to the compound for the elderly
- Support the building of a real hospital near our community
- Build a library for the school & community
- Invest in full solar power for the orphanage and school
- Expand the much needed midwife project
- Feed 400 a day on school days!
It is impossible not to try to do too much in a place like Grison-Garde.The community has proven repeatedly that, given the funds, they can work small miracles. We indeed have a mouthful of projects and dreams that have been bitten off!
We have made great strides over the past year thanks to your continued support: Our vocational school has turned out more than 50 two-student desks for the new school for just $60 a desk, saving us over $120/desk were they made at a commercial carpentry shop (that’s $6,000 we can use elsewhere). Over 300 uniforms have been produced, saving $15/uniform (another $4,500).
The incredible marching band, suitable now for half-time at the Super Bowl, can use any number of brass instruments and clarinets. Shipping is not expensive — just send instruments to our donation address. Tax deductible, of course.
Not unexpectedly, the new secondary (high school) classrooms are utilized in the morning by a hundred or more primary kids. Talk about wear and tear!
More than 80 midwives (pictured) attended a training session held in the new secondary school (Institute Maranatha has many uses in the community!). The training for this critically important program was provided by the Health Minister of the North and is being funded by our foundation.
As always, we offer our most heartfelt thanks on behalf of the community and their project: Institute Maranantha la Victoire de Grison-Garde. They pray for your continued support! Mesi anpil!!
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