God Opens a Door in Haiti

06/27/13

Under the Caribbean sun, the big tent heats up quickly. But the children don’t seem to notice. They sit wriggling on red benches listening to their classmates sing their favorite Bible songs. This is the Christienne Mixte d’Echalotte, a Haitian school that hosts the Children of the Nations (COTN) after-school program. Here, all seventy-five children in COTN's Haiti Village Partnership Program (VPP) have a place to gather every day.

 
“It offers the children a place of refuge and hope,” says Marc Antoine Michel, COTN's VPP coordinator in Haiti. The children not only sing songs and play games here, they also eat a nutritious meal that for some is the only food they get all day. 
 
The children play games led by Venture participants during the after-school prog
                            The children play games led by Venture participants during the after-school program.
 
After the 2010 earthquake, when COTN and its partners began caring for children in Haiti, they looked for local leaders who were willing to help provide for the children. Madame Adeline A. Saturne, founder of the school and pastor of the local church, was happy to provide space for COTN. She first came to this part of her country in 1948 as a missionary with her husband. “Our two visions and missions fit together,” Marc Antoine says of COTN and Madame Saturne.
 
Nineteen of the VPP children already attend Madame Saturne’s school. The rest attend other schools nearby. Madame Saturne’s commitment to education and God makes the school a good place for the children. And COTN is looking to provide new training and curriculum opportunities for the teachers to enhance every student’s education.
 
Through child sponsorship, seven-year-old Woodlee is able to attend Madame Saturne’s school. Every afternoon, he stays on campus for the after-school program.  “I want to be a doctor so I can help transform my community and myself,” Woodlee says proudly. Woodlee’s mother sees the Village Partnership Program as an answer to prayer. “God opened a door,” she explains.  Now she says she has peace knowing her children are gaining two of the most important things in life: a heart for God and a good education. 
 
As a sponsored child, Woodlee (in red) is able to attend school
As a sponsored child, Woodlee (in red) is able to attend school. “God opened a door,” Woodlee’s mother says of the sponsorship program.
 
“We’re looking to mobilize partners around the children as much as we can,” says Marc Antoine. The parents and leaders of the community see this partnership and are learning to trust COTN more and more.  
 
“God has blessed us multiple ways,” Marc Antoine says. He sees a long list of needs, but as he sits under the hot tent and explains the vision God has given him for the future, he says with a smile full of faith, “God will provide.” 
 
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