MISSION LAZARUS SCHOOL-GRAS, HAITI
“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, and you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach.” Isaiah 58:11,12
Poverty has a natural propensity to disintegrate the family; in essence, to destroy the strength of a nation. This is the “breach” to be repaired. All efforts to assist Haiti in a meaningful way must rebuild family capacity; it is all but non-existent in her interior where children are literally given away to institutions.
Victory over poverty requires the right weapon; one that achieves sustainable change and can preserve families; an intervention that poverty can not steal away once it has been received. Don’t be surprised — out of all the initiatives that Mission Lazarus dedicates itself to, we recognize that education is the most sustainable opportunity that we can provide to proffer exponential intergenerational change.
A New Reality in Gras
This education initiative provides quality Christian education while minimizing the ongoing obstacles within the family system that prevent learning throughout the school years, such as malnutrition, poor attendance, chronic illness, and hearing and vision problems.
This level of commitment requires constant student performance monitoring by key members of our staff to evaluate the learning, health, and family involvement of every student. We can celebrate success when we make a measurable impact, keeping families together, while equipping the future leaders of northeast Haiti, and making Christ known to rural communities.
The Reality of Global Education
At least 250 million children around the world are not able to read, write or count well even for those who have spent at least four years in school. (Education for All Monitoring Report 2011)
Teachers Coaching Teachers
Due to this reality, increasing achievement, competence and confidence is a goal for students and teachers alike. Performance monitoring and instructional coaching are two administrative interventions we achieve through international cooperation. We evaluate the quality and efficacy of methods employed by our teachers in the classroom to assure the quality of education we aspire to attain in this initiative.
To this end, our teaching staff enjoys multiple on-site teaching seminars annually by outstanding Christian teachers internationally, as well as consultation for continued education and professional development from a professional instructional coach, to improve quality instruction and student achievement.
This educational initiative is unique in northern Haiti. Its funding is obtained through donors who believe in the power of education to transform lives and protect families. $100 per month provides for all educational resources and nutritional needs for a single student. The entirety of these funds go directly to support the school.