Think about all of the times that Haiti is in the news. Recently their president was assassinated, they suffered another devastating earthquake and they are constantly in the crosshairs of the next hurricane. ECHO Haiti dreams of the day when Haiti is in the news for curing its country of political corruption, abject poverty, and deforestation. We believe that by investing in the lives of the children that we support in Bon Repos, these dreams will become a reality.
The national news in Haiti is vastly different from the local news for our children in Bon Repos. Due to the generous support of our donors, we have been able to amplify hope in a place that is full of despair. This hope comes through providing steady jobs for our orphanage workers, teachers, guards, and school staff. It also comes to the children in having a steady place to grow, learn and dream of a solid future. Recently we have been able to open our new school which replaced a three-room, 700 square foot building. Our original school grew from educating 26 kids in the orphanage to 125 kids from the city of Bon Repos, while providing jobs for 12 teachers. With the new school building and with increased staff, we have the potential to teach 300 students. This not only impacts the orphans and the kids of Bon Repos, but it provides jobs that will benefit many families in the surrounding area.
This growth and potential is wildly exciting, but it also comes with a large financial responsibility.
Our goal is to hire six new teachers and two administrators. The cost per teacher is $163 per month or $1630 per year. The cost per administrator is $217 per month or $2170 per year. In addition to the school, we also continue to provide food, housing, counseling, mentoring and medical care to the children who live in our orphanage. Our yearly budget has grown exponentially, but we love this challenge because the more money we invest the more we are amazed by how our friends in Haiti multiply the potential.
We are so excited to partner with Full Send Racing for the Winter Wander. Every donation adds up to make these ends meet, and no donation is too small or too large to help amplify hope for Haiti.
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