This Christmas as you look over your gift list, would you consider buying bricks for your loved ones? No, we’re not suggesting you wrap up a stack of wall material and drop it at the foot of your tree. We’re talking about the gift of school building construction for children in Haiti.
As the fiery Caribbean sun crests the treeless green mountains of Haiti and pours light into the Artibonite valley hamlet of Nan wo, children arrive at school with books in hand, wondering anew when they will have a building to study in. The bare foundation that was poured last year now boasts a few walls and a couple of door frames, but it’s far from being a school. The brick layers have faithfully worked when called upon, but without any money to pay them and no materials to work with, the school administrators can’t make the dream of a complete school building a reality. The kids walk past the foundation and into their various patched-up corrugated metal shelters where classes resume once again.
This has been the scene, day after day, week after week in the close-knit but dirt-poor farming community of Nan wo, Haiti. With poverty haunting their every step, many of the people are resigned to a future without hope or positive change. Hope in Haiti began working in Nan wo in 2007 to establish sponsored, quality education for the children of this valley and allow them to have a hope for the future. The building for this school has existed in our hearts and theirs for years as they’ve studied in tin shacks and in borrowed church space. But in 2012, a huge step forward began with the laying of our new school foundation. And we may soon have that building if God brings the funds! Are you ready to get this done?
Right now, for every $20.00 in donations we receive toward school building construction, Hope in Haiti will send you a token gift of thanks–a physical reminder of the work you are a part of, in the form of a foam rubber replica brick. These bricks are not only reminders of the valuable part you are playing in children’s education in Haiti, but they are good conversation starters to talk about the work going on in Haiti, as well as being handy stress relievers : ) Donate in the name of your loved ones and give these as tokens of what you’ve done in their honor. Each brick includes our website and the Biblical reminder of Psalm 127:1, which reads:
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
It is truly our sovereign God who provides, builds, and protects all that we hold dear in Haiti.
Now is the perfect time to step up and get the walls built for the Nan wo school! To get started now, scroll down to the DONATE button on the right hand side at the bottom of this page to use our PayPal donation system. As you are completing the PayPal transaction, be sure hit “Add special instructions” and enter “Bricks”, so that we know the purpose of your gift. For more info on this need and ways to give, please write us a note. God bless you!