Sherrie Fausey, a school teacher from Jacksonville, Florida, visited Haiti in 1999 on a weekend mission trip. God used what she witnessed there to burden her heart to retire, sell all her earthly belongings, and return to Haiti in the summer of 2000 to open a school. Sherrie was obedient to His call, and today there are over 300 children in attendance, including about 50 Restavek children. Her faith in God has brought her through many challenges, including the school being completely demolished by the 2010 Earthquake.
The Christian Light School in Haiti is a non-denominational Christian ministry that operates under the umbrella organization of Christian Light School, Inc., based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Our Work in Haiti
Haitian Christians need to be given the necessary tools if they are to eventually become leaders in their country. If a child is to rise up out of poverty into leadership, a Christian education is the best tool we can provide them. But, Haitian children simply cannot afford to attend school without our help. So, we provide tuition free education, textbooks, uniforms, school supplies, 2 meals per day, and medical and dental care.
Our children learn French and English in 3 year olds and 4 year olds. They begin reading in English in Pre-kindergarten, start reading in French in kindergarten, and read in French, English, and Creole in First Grade. They learn sign language in second grade. By third grade they can read fluently in 3 languages and communicate with sign language. In seventh grade, the children learn Spanish.
We teach in both French and English. We use American Christian textbooks that are written in English because they teach Biblical principles and are better textbooks. We also use Haitian textbooks that are written in French, because the children are Haitian. Our children score very high on the Haitian state exams. They are among the best educated students in Haiti and are expected to grow up to assume leadership positions–-Christian leaders.
The purpose of the Christian Light School organization in Haiti is to carry out the Great Commission to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation". Sherrie was motivated by Jesus' words in Mark 6: 34 “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.," and a vision to develop and educate her students to become Christian men and women who can foster strong Christian leadership in a land where corruption in both government and business is commonplace. These Christian young people are ultimately the best hope to bring about change for the better in their country.
Together with age appropriate daily Bible studies, the school uses A Beka Christian curriculum, along with a Haitian curriculum for the elementary age children. The younger children use A Beka Bible picture cards. Older children are taught the Bible by local Bible School students.
Since sick and/or hungry children are not able to learn, the school serves two cooked meals each school day, along with daily vitamins for all of the children. Medical and dental problems are also addressed in our facility.
The Little Angels Program began In 2004, sending workers to visit infants and children in the community, giving them nutritious food and vitamins to help promote strong bodies and strong minds. This program currently helps 50 babies and malnourished children in tent cities near the school.
Most of the parents of our students are illiterate. We have graduated three classes of adults in our Adult Literacy Program. We hope to expand the school to include a vocational school to give young marketable adults job skills.
Restaveks are children who live away from their family with someone else. When the original plan was adopted in Haiti, the restavek child was expected to work for the family in return for food and school. However, restavek has descended into a form of modern day slavery with the children poorly fed, often severely abused, and rarely sent to school. We have three classes of restaveks. Our goal is to give them hope for a normal life of freedom in the future.
"The Lord called me to Haiti in 2000 to open a school, and my life has been quite an adventure ever since," says Sherrie Fausey, Founder and Director of Christian Light Haiti, Inc.
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