St. Jean Baptiste School in Savanette, Haiti
Savanette is located in rural southwest Haiti about 6 miles northwest of the coastal town of Les Cayes. An eight-classroom building for St. Jean Baptiste School was completed in 1990, giving children in the Savanette area their first opportunity to attend school.
The school partnership, which transitioned to Education Equals Hope in 2016, centers on providing a quality education in a safe and loving setting for 9 classes: Primary 1 – 6 and Preschool for ages 3, 4 and 5.
Funding Needs for the New School Year
The Bare Bones Budget for the 2018 – 2019 school year is $50,500. This amount funds the following operating expenses for an estimated 286 students in 9 classes:
- 13 salaries with a 15% raise
- classroom supplies
- some equipment and administrative fees.
Plus through God’s grace and good stewardship by our Haitian partners, we are able to provide a daily meal for an estimated 510 students (15 classes Preschool through 12th). Sadly, this is the only meal many students will eat that day.
Due to the ongoing generosity of many donors, we have funds on hand to cover these basic expenses through February 2019! This is a huge accomplishment!
We need to raise $26,860 for the remaining six months by January 2019 in order to continue the meal program for the upper grades which comprise 44% of the students.
When I was at the school in April 2018, one of the teachers tearfully shared that their salary doesn’t begin to last the month. Yet the teachers faithfully pour their hearts into helping the young people at the school be successful in their studies. The lowest paid teachers earn $110 per month; others earn $115. With a 15% raise, these salaries increase to $126 and $132.
Despite still needing donations to fund the coming school year, God is placing a strong desire on our hearts to increase the minimum salary for SJBS teachers to $150 USD per month, which is the minimum salary in Haiti. This definitely is a God-sized desire indeed!
What will it take to reach this goal?
The first step of faith: increasing all salaries by 15% for the new school year. Cost? $115 per month.
The second step and a giant leap of faith: increasing the salary of the lowest paid teacher to $150 per month and give all staff a proportionate increase. Cost? $300 a month.
Any salary above the 15% increase will only be paid as funds become available.
Through your prayers and generosity, we can continue to feed the older students and reach this salary goal!
Two New Roofs
This spring and summer, new roofs were installed on 2 classroom buildings that were severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. We and the entire school community are grateful for the donations, matching grants and a grant from the Fort Mill, SC Rotary Club that made the new roofs possible. Merci beaucoup!
Goats & Micro-Finance Initiatives
Two programs help strengthen the community.
A goat program provides a sustainable source of food and income with SJBS orphans the first to receive a goat. Wonderful donors made it possible to give 11 goats and 50 pair of chicken to students in February 2017 to help replace animals lost in Hurricane Matthew (Oct 2016).
In 2012, St. Jean Baptiste organized a micro-finance program with business education and loan components to help adults create an income generating business and provide for their families.
Ministry Site Coordinator: Susan Meeder
Students arriving to school in the rain
The Headmaster of Savanette with two of our scholars