“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Those are the words of Nelson Mandela and they are so relevant for the future of Haiti. Where close to half of the adult population remains illiterate, change is critical in this country of 11-million people. That change must start with educating the next generation, with close to 40% of their population being under the age of 14 (compared to approx. 21% in the U.S.). Haitian parents must value education and strive for their children to stay in school. It is especially important for those parents that do not have an education themselves to understand this reality.
Haitian schools teach the children far more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. With many of the children living in remote, isolated areas, the school setting teaches them social skills, leadership, and how to work well with others. In addition, a very large number of the schools throughout Haiti are directly associated with a local church, therefore teaching them the Good News of Jesus Christ. This equips the children to battle the influence of Voodoo, a very prevalent and dangerous problem in their communities. As the great philosopher Aristotle wisely said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” The combination of academic learning, social development, and Biblical truths fully prepare the child to become a future asset to their country.
However, if a child is malnourished or has not eaten recently, the learning process often falls on deaf ears. For that, God created the ministry of Trinity HOPE. Through the dedicated support of their many donors, Trinity HOPE now provides a nutritious noon meal to over 33,500 children, teachers and cooks every school day in 160+ Christian schools throughout Haiti. In addition, by continued blessings provided by God, Trinity HOPE plans to add another 8,000 – 10,000 children to their feeding programs over the next 6 months. This meal is a tremendous incentive for parents to find a way to send their children to school, and helps the child better learn and retain their lessons. If you would like to help Trinity HOPE change the country of Haiti one bowl of beans and rice at a time, please visit our website at www.trinityhope.org, or call 615-394-4950 to learn more. Thank you for your support in 2021, and God’s Blessings on your New Year.