OfC’s Maranatha School for Restavek (indentured servant) Children is nearly complete! We broke ground in October 2014, and by July 2015 the unfinished cement block structure hosted the biggest Lekol Deté (summer school) ever. Nobody cared that walls and floors were unfinished, but the flushing toilets drew a lot of attention as most had never used one! We built 40 rustic wooden benches, and in Lekol Deté tradition, offered a nutritious lunch every day. We now appreciate how important it is for these children to have their own school, and our goal is to finish it! Enrollment in the Maranatha School’s first year in the new school is at capacity with 160 children, and we want to honor them with a safe and stimulating environment.
School construction continues. Over the Christmas break, our workers finished stuccoing, installing doors, laying floor tile, and wiring. We also began painting the classrooms – we painted the interiors first so the children could return to bright and inspiring spaces.
You have helped this work greatly, we need to raise just a few $1,000 more to finish it all!
Also, so the Restavek children can attend tuition-free, OfC pays the 8 teachers $100 per month (10-month school year), and for Lekol Deté. This amounts to $1 per child per week! We know of no better investment. These children long to learn and be free from indentured servitude.
Please help OfC complete and staff the new school. Your interest motivates our communities, and your generous financial support makes it happen: both are deeply appreciated.
P.S. Great thanks to Reader to Reader, a fellow non-profit promoting literacy through the gift of books for generously providing French language children’s books, including Dr. Suess, for the Restavek students!! Please check out Reader to Reader at http://www.readertoreader.org