I was originally going to post something about the need to give and support missions, which I think is critically important. Then while researching some other issues, I figured out that giving to missions actually makes sound economic sense. I live in Jacksonville, FL a city consolidated with Duval County to the point where the two are virtually one municipality. The cost of educating one public school student in this county is approximately $9,089. At ICDM’s Ecole Henri Christophe in Bayonnais, Haiti, we can educate a single child for about $480. What is more, this $480 includes not only the cost of their teachers and school, but also their uniforms, materials, and a daily meal. For this modest cost, the elementary school student will learn reading and writing (in French and English), math, science, and history. What is more, all of the their education is rooted in strong Christian teaching and discipleship.
Although there is probably much that could be improved in our educational systems here in the US, that is not my point. What I am trying to say is that our donations and giving dollars can accomplish much in a place like Haiti! Even more important is that fact there is no public school system in Haiti and without the mission schools and private schools, their would be little if any elementary or secondary education. Haiti is trying to build a strong educational system, but for now, these schools are an essential tool in educating, equipping, and empowering new generations of leaders and workers.
If you would like to sponsor a child, check out http://www.icdm.us and click on the “Sponsorship” link!