Deacon Ben Johnston and our architect David Hutchins visited the construction of the secondary school in October and saw the second floor being poured(see the newsletter for more). A lot of my recent updates have concentrated on the building and its construction but this update focuses on the students and the teachers that the HOP works for. Deacon Ben returned with this story:
There are many improvements in Boucan Carre(BC) that can’t be recorded in a photo and yet they seem to be the most profound. One of these came to light after a meeting with the Director of the College St. Michel on my last visit. There was a young man quietly working at a desk in the same room during the meeting. Afterward, he approached me speaking fairly good English, which was refreshing because the translated discussions that I require are very stressful. However, it was more so what he said that was profound. He began by thanking me for our continued and growing support of education in BC. He identified himself as having been a 5th grade student at Ecole St. Michel when we first began our support at that Primary school. He continued to describe his educational journey: graduating from our primary school, completing the very difficult challenge of high school, then attending university in Port au Prince. He told me he was very excited to be a new professor at the College St. Michel. He went on to explain that his excitement was in being able to teach high school in his home town and how important it was for BC to have this school and how important education is for Haiti. He said it is the answer for a truly independent Haiti. He explained that it will be his children’s children that will change Haiti, but it is now possible because of continued support of good schools in places like BC.
If you would like contribute to sponsor a child, $100 will pay for a full year of schooling for a primary school student and $200 for a secondary or vocational student. Help us bring free education, independence, and priceless opportunity to Haitian boys and girls in Boucan Carre. And just in case you needed a little inspiration: