2021 Preservation & Improvement Project for Grace Emmanuel School
Built on a mountain just east of the Caribbean Sea, Grace Emmanuel School in Source Matelas, Haiti, provides a quality Christian education for 375 students from the poorest families in the neighboring villages.
In 2016, construction was completed on 15 classrooms for the school, which had previously been meeting in donated army tents. These buildings have taken Grace Emmanuel School to the next level. Now more work is needed to both preserve what has been built and continue to improve the quality of education we can provide.
6 GOALS – $115,000
Say YES! to protect classrooms.
COMPLETED! See photos below. Grace Emmanuel School’s classrooms are built into the side of a mountain that continues to erode during torrential tropical rainfalls. If left unchecked, the weight of the soil could cause the classroom walls to collapse. This 10-ft-tall retaining wall would hold back the mountain and preserve the buildings for years to come, as well as create more open air around the classrooms to keep mosquitoes at bay. Estimated cost: $35,000
Say YES! to technology.
FUNDED! Computer skills are in high demand in Haiti, and GES currently has no computers to provide a hands-on education. In addition, the Haitian government continues to require more research capabilities for accreditation of private high school programs, which GES currently doesn’t meet. This project would purchase 10 desktop computers and equip an existing room with the furnishings, security, climate control, and dust protection necessary to preserve the equipment. Estimated cost: $15,000
Say YES! to clean water.
FUNDED! Access to clean water is crucial for basic health, and poor hydration reduces a person’s ability to learn. This project would create an underground system to safely carry water from JiHM’s deep well to the school kitchen, bathrooms, and new water spigots outside each classroom for easy access to fresh water throughout the day. In addition, a robust filtration system would be installed to provide a constant supply of clean and cold drinking water. Estimated cost: $30,000
Say YES! to literacy.
FUNDED! The literacy rate in Haiti is 61%. Students at Grace Emmanuel School are taught to read by first grade, but their textbooks are often the only books they have access to. This project would convert an existing storage room into a library and help purchase fiction, non-fiction, and devotional books in Creole, French, Spanish, and English. Estimated cost: $10,000
Say YES! to fellowship.
When students gather for chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings or for special events like holiday celebrations and graduations, the only place large enough to hold the student body is Victory Bible Church. The church’s simple wooden benches have fallen into disrepair. Help replace them with comfortable and sturdy seats—both for the benefit of the students and for the church that helped found GES. Estimated cost: $10,000
Say YES! to the finish line.
From fans to filing cabinets, new desks for teachers to carpet squares for kindergarteners, there is an abundance of items on the most needed lists of Grace Emmanuel School staff. Make a big impact by helping cross these smaller items off the list. Estimated cost: $15,000
I want to say YES!
We are currently fundraising toward Goal #5: Chapel Seating. Ready to say YES! to fellowship? Make a tax-deductible gift today.
Prefer to mail in a check? Make your check payable to Jesus in Haiti Ministries and include a note to apply your gift to the GES Capital Campaign. Mail to: Jesus in Haiti Ministries, 6066 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
“GES is a grace God provides. It has changed the lives of my children.”–Parent of a GES student
Goal #1–Retaining Wall
Construction of the retaining wall was completed in September 2021, just before students returned for the new school year.