The Primary School Advantage
The average Haitian age 25 years or older has had less than 5 years of formal education.
There's a lack of funding for public education in Haiti, and there's limited government oversight on this institution. Many kids simply don't go to school if there's not one walking distance from their home or if the family is too poor to afford the materials needed to go.
So it's a huge deal that the kids at My Father's House orphanage have the opportunity to go to school. They will "age out" of the orphanage with the advantage of an education, which will set them up for success in their adult lives.
School Is in Session
At My Father's House, there is a primary school on the orphanage compound. Pastor Predestin's wife Amy is the principal there. So all 200 kids who live at My Father's House, plus some 200 more that come in just for school, have the opportunity to learn many things, including to read and write. What a wonderful gift from God that these kids can learn to read His precious Word. The kids even learn to speak, read, and write in French, which is the business language of the country. This allows them to be able to communicate in the most respected language, get a good job, and continue to access Christian materials that are much more readily available in French than Creole.
There are not enough teachers or enough classrooms to do a full-day of education for everyone, so they do school in shifts. Some kids go in the morning and some in the early afternoon. But even with these half-days, the orphanage kids are getting more education than so many of the other kids in their country.
Additionally, the orphanage kids who are old enough take taxis each day to a nearby secondary school. There they have an even more unique opportunity to attend advanced education in their country.
Preparation for Life on Their Own
Pastor Predestin is a visionary leader in his country for Christ. One burden he has for the kids is that when the kids become legal adults, they "age out" of life at the orphanage. They have to leave and make it on their own at that point. So Pastor Predestin desires that each one of them leaves his care with knowledge in a trade so that they can support themselves in an honorable way, rather than resorting to dishonorable ways of making money after they leave.