TiLekòl Mòn means “little mountain school” in creole. Statistics say that 50 percent of children in Haiti do not attend school. (World Bank 2013) In the mountains, this is much lower. Because of the lack of schools in the mountains, many of the families feel they have no choice but to send their children to “work” for other families in the villages in exchange for the opportunity to attend school. This separates families and most of the time puts the children in less than desirable situations.
Hands for Haiti looks at peasant communities in the mountains that lack education and determine if the families are supportive of a school. We then look at land resources available and the structure of the community. Finally, we make sure there is a commitment from the parents and students to provide for the teachers. If all of these factors are in place, we consider taking on this amazing project of building a school. Amazing not only because of the project, but amazing because the entire community comes out to take part in the construction!! An amazing experience of God’s people joining together for the same purpose!!
The education they have will give them the tools they need to succeed in their lives and hope for their future.
Baltomé – This was the first school we constructed in the mountains. We learned a lot from this experience, i.e. what kind of cement and structure that holds up the best. Our construction has withstood many environmental challenges and continues to be a blessing for the students in this very rural mountain area. We currently have approximately 260 students in attendance in Baltome!
Katienne – This is the next location will begin construction on a school.