This post will mainly focus on the Joshua Mission of Hope Foundation which is based in the United States but serves the community of Salagnac, Haiti. Marie Gray, a good friend of mine, wrote the following information about the school she started in Salagnac and which the foundation she formed supports. We hope to soon have a video witness by Marie along with pictures of the children. Being “mission-minded” means to be concerned about all our brothers and sisters around the world, especially the poorest of the poor.
JOSHUA’S MISSION OF HOPE
Joshua’s Mission of Hope, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children living in Salagnac, Haiti. We will accomplish this by operating an elementary school, as well as other programs and services designed to improve living conditions in the local community. Through our organization’s programs, we hope to increase opportunities for those living in our targeted community while improving the region’s overall quality of life.
The primary program focus of our organization is the operation of our school which is called Ecole Gabriel Academie De Salagnac. This school is currently providing educational opportunities for preschool, kindergarten, and school-aged children. We are currently operating programs for children through 4th grade, with a total of 225 students. We will continue to add one grade level each year until we get to sixth grade. We hope to expand eventually to the high school level.
In addition to operating the school, we are offering an after school program for 60 elementary school students called “Les Enfants de la Nativite.” The program includes tutoring services, providing books, and social activities. We offer free meals daily for the students and staff. The children’s school tuition and meals are paid for the entire year. The teachers receive a monthly stipend. We plan on expanding the program to accommodate more students in need. The program has been very successful. The parents volunteer their service as their way of giving back to the community.
(Editor’s note: there is no electricity in the school or in the community of Salagnac.)