Haiti is home to over 10 million people. Ranked as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the World Bank reports that more than half of Haiti’s population lives on less than $2.00 per day. Unemployment is at about 60%. Haiti has been hit by devastating hurricanes and earthquakes. But, in this severely underprivileged country, remarkable beauty co-exists with debilitating poverty.
Why is Haiti so poor? Because more than half of the people are illiterate, which makes it very hard to get a good job. Schools in Haiti are very expensive. Most families cannot afford to pay tuition, buy uniforms and textbooks, and provide school supplies. Illiteracy continues the cycle of poverty.
In the summer of 2000, Sherrie Fausey, a retired school teacher from Florida, answered the Lord’s call to go to Port au Prince, Haiti to start a tuition free school. The Lord showed her a community in a severely impoverished ravine area. The people she encountered there had built their shanty homes next to a creek that is filled with badly polluted water, sewage, and trash. In desperation and ignorance, the precious families of this area bathed their children and washed their clothes and dishes from this contaminated ravine. Malnutrition, disease and death were rampant.
Believing there was an urgent need for a school that offered instruction and nutrition to the youngest members of this neighborhood and continuing training and education until young adulthood, Sherrie opened Christian Light School that year with 20 students enrolled. From its one room beginning, Christian Light School has grown tremendously in the number of students served, programs offered, and persons reached with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We now have over 300 students who attend school each day and feed about 50 babies at home.
The Delmas Ravine
Mission Statement: To impact the lives of children in Haiti through a Christ-centered education, one meal, one education, one soul at a time.
Vision Statement: To become the model for high quality, Christ-centered, tuition-free education for Haitian students, to initiate additional satellite schools in Haiti, to enlarge the baby nutrition program, to develop practical trade skill programs, and be the recognized leader in providing safe and secure Christian homes for orphans.
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
Christian Light School, Inc.
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