"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them..." Mark 10:14
For children in Haiti, the situation is bleak. Their homeland is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere and has the lowest literacy rate of just 61.7%. School fees are difficult to afford for many parents, as 75% of the population lives on $2.41 or less every day, yet education is a light and hope for the next generation and is desperately needed.
Branch Schools is a WELS affiliate, Lutheran non-profit organization that sends funding to five schools in Haiti; three elementary schools, hosted at three orphanages in the Port-au-Prince area, one middle school in Pilate, and one preschool-kindergarten in Les Palmes. These schools serve hundreds of students and employ almost 40 teachers.
A common saying in Haiti is that the country is "70% Catholic, 30% Protestant, and 100% Vodou." At Branch Schools, the children hear the Word of God in their classrooms every day and learn of the amazing love and salvation found in Jesus. They memorize the 10 Commandments, Apostles Creed, Lord's Prayer, and more as they dive into a thorough study of the Bible's teachings.
Will you help Branch Schools continue this vital mission in Haiti?
"I will not leave you as orphans;