Our Monday food distribution program was developed to build relationships with the most impoverished members of our community. To be considered for this program, families must complete the application process including a house visit by a Respire Haiti representative. Once approved, families receive rice-based, protein and vitamin packed food packets provided by Stamp Out Starvation.
This program is team taught Haitian staff members. Visiting mission groups have assisted with these classes in providing students with opportunities to practice conversational English. Classes are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels with programs lasting nine months. Students are regularly tested throughout the semester and advanced upon successful completion of their course of study. Graduates of the program have gone on to work as interpreters for doctors, mission teams, and other visitors to Haiti.
This program started in September 2016 to provide adults in the Gressier community an opportunity to learn to read and write. It is estimated that only 60% of Haitians are literate, so the need for these classes is great. A generous grant for solar power by Rotary International led to the dream of these classes becoming a reality. Since we now have lights in our classrooms, we are able to offer this class in the evenings so that the students in the class are still able to work during the day.