Raising up Christian Leadership in Haiti-One Meal, One Education, One Soul at a Time
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
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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 $2.41 per day and a fourth live on $1.23 per day. But, in this severely underprivileged country, remarkable beauty co-exists with debilitating poverty.
In the summer of 2000, Sherrie Fausey, a retired school teacher from Florida, answered the Lord’s leading to settle in Port au Prince, Haiti to serve a community located in Delmas, an especially impoverished area of the city. The people she encountered there had built their shanty homes next to a ravine that is occasionally filled with water, but always full of waste. In desperation and ignorance the precious families of this area bathed their children, washed their clothes and gathered their drinking water, all 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 only 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.
The Delmas Ravine
This vision from God has remained constant: to impact the lives of children in Haiti through a Christ centered education, one meal, one education, one soul at a time. To God be the glory for the things He has done!
Woosevelt Cherisier, a student at Christian Light School, recently shared his dream for his country:
“My dream is to change Haiti, including its poverty, education, health, structure, etc. I know I can’t do all these without God’s help. That’s why I am asking Him every day to help me realize that dream.”
Please prayerfully consider how you may partner with Christian Light School. We continue to walk forward in ministry, dependent on God for provision and wisdom. From its humble beginning to today, our vision has remained the same:
Raising Up Christian Leadership in Haiti-one meal, one education, one soul at a time.
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