Ravine Baby Feeding Program
Malnutrition is a major problem in Haiti, and it seriously impedes the physical growth and mental development of children. So, Monday through Friday each week Christian Light School feeds approximately 80 babies in the Grand Ravine of Delmas. Weather is never a factor. Extreme heat or heavy downpours do not deter the CLS team of two older boys, an adult male volunteer and a local Pastor from their mission to feed and weigh each one of the babies regularly. They carry food and a weighing scale. They walk through physical conditions that would make the fainthearted turn back to safer and cleaner climes. Not so, these Christian street warriors. They stand in mud and rubbish and climb along a precarious ledge that requires agility, purpose and courage. This mission team from Christian Light School takes on this role without hesitation or thought of failure.
This team is trained and led by, Sherrie Fausey, the founder and President of Chrisitan Light School. She was moved by God to create the Ravine Baby Feeding Program for babies living in ramshackle huts in and around the ravine. Sherrie has taken this journey herself many times before, and at times still continues to do so. Were it not for Sherrie's persistence in prayer, the present day bridge over the Grand Ravine would not exist today. Without the new bridge the team would still be walking down in the ravine amidst the pigs and rodents that are rummaging through filth and garbage for their own meals.
We are growing a Christian future for Haiti. In the words of Sherrie Fausey, “One meal, one child, one life at a time.” The Baby Feeding Program in the Ravine is a beginning to the journey for these babies that will ensure their physical health and mental development. Our mission may be small steps and little mouths to feed but with God’s continued guidance, the foundation of our faith will become a reality with abundant blessings.
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 our school to include a vocational school to give young marketable adults job skills like we do with our Community Sewing Class for adults.
Each staff member at Christian Light School receives Bible instruction daily through Bible Study and memorization programs. The cleaning and cooking staff, many whom speak only Creole’, are memorizing Bible passages in English. They are hiding the verses in their hearts and using their memorization to learn the English language.
Community Sewing Classes
Many of the mothers of the children in our school became pregnant and had their babies when they were very young. In some cases these women had no choice in the matter, but she still remains responsible to care for her child. Too often, they choose to live with any man who agrees to feed her children, even if he is abusive, because she has no skills, no education to get a job and no way on her own to support her child.
For these women, we have a sewing lab and sewing lessons. When they learn to sew well and maintain the machine, we give them their own sewing machine when they graduate from the class. Having her own machine makes it possible for these young mothers to start a small business making school uniforms.
We need people to help sponsor sewing machines for our graduates.
Staff Housing Program
Many homes in Haiti were destroyed or heavily damaged by the earthquake January 12, 2010 and then again by the hurricanes of 2016 and 2017. Of course, many of our staff found themselves suddenly homeless or living in deplorable conditions. We helped them financially as much as possible at the time, but all these years later many are still struggling with major housing problems. Some have only a foundation where they once lived. They all have dreams of living in safe and clean homes. Can we make those dreams come true?
For example, Rosemathe, one of our school janitors, always seemed so tired the day after a rainy night. Her home was made of scraps of whatever she could find to create shelter. The roof leaked, the walls leaked, rain ran in under the walls. There was no dry place in the house on a rainy night. No wonder she came to work exhausted.
We have built several homes for employees. Later, when possible, they can make additions to these tiny home themselves. We also helped a couple of employees finish homes they had already begun on their own. One needed a floor, another just needed a roof and plumbing. Now these employees sleep at night and come to work rested.
Sadly, due to lack of funds, some of our staff are still living in very bad living conditions. We desperately need to keep building little houses. Can you help with funding of this project or perhaps bring your skills and manpower to Haiti to assist in the construction? There is still a dire need for these little homes.
With only $5,000 USD we can build a simple one-room house on land already owned by the employee.