A quality education is often the best path out of poverty. Those who are better educated know how to prevent disease and use health services more effectively. Having skills in reading, writing and math also opens doors to better jobs, improving the economic standing of both the individual and the community. An education builds self-confidence as well. Those who attend classes have their untapped skills and abilities revealed, allowing them to fully utilize their potential.
Unfortunately, education remains out of reach for many of the impoverished children that Cross International serves. The cost of school fees, textbooks and uniforms is simply too high. Forced to choose between buying food or sending their kids to class, parents are compelled to focus on basic survival. Caught in this impossible circumstance, their children never learn to read or write, and the cycle of poverty continues.
With your help, Cross International and our ministry partners can open that door of opportunity —providing a free quality education, nutritious meals and the Word of God.
In 1971, Jean Edmond, a Baptist pastor in the Sarthe neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, was inspired by God to establish a Christian school with the gospel at the forefront. It had humble beginnings — just 17 children on the front porch of a neighbor’s house. But this humble vision has developed into what is now the Divine Shelter School network — 13 schools that provide quality education to some of the most disadvantaged children in Haiti.
Today, thousands of poor Haitian children — who would otherwise never have been able to receive an education — are given the opportunity to go to school. Each campus is tied to a church and incorporates a Christian world view. In addition, each student is taught the national Haitian curriculum. So, when a child graduates from DSS, he or she is well-equipped to enter high school and is well-grounded in the Christian faith. DSS schools request an annual tuition. While most students are only able to pay a portion if at all, those who cannot pay tuition remain enrolled through the support of Cross International.
Time is running out! You still have:
Any gift you give before the end of the year will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to $75,000, to transform lives not only now, but into the future!
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries like Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Your gift will support the provision of meals and other basic services that are essential for survival. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.
This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi