Changes to the TEACH TOO World Understanding Project
By Sandy Wolfe, Chairman of the International Executive Board
Information Shared by Melissa Young, Director of Imagine Missions
Due to several months of political unrest and rioting in Haiti, the TEACH TOO Project came to a halt shortly after the first two homes were built. The school was closed for safety reasons and in December Melissa made a trip to Haiti. All of the parents were able to attend a meeting at the orphanage and the children were reunited with family members. Many of the “orphans” were children who had been given up by their families to the orphanage so they could receive an education. There are only three “true” orphans who received placement.
Before school reopened, Imagine Missions conducted research on the best orphan care around the world. Their research showed the best possible environment for children to grow up to be successful individuals was in a family, their own family if possible. Imagine Missions was able to partner with Haiti Mama, an organization that specializes in reunification.
Imagine Missions wants to make the shift to offering the families social services to help them keep their children at home. Imagine Missions will continue to provide free schooling, transportation to and from school, a free meal at school, free trade school, medical and parenting support classes.
So how does that impact TEACH TOO? Melissa said, ”We would like to turn the TEACH TOO building project into a professional school. The two homes that have already been built would be the administration offices and then with the money we have left we would construct 10 to 12 additional classrooms and put up the security wall around the building. We would run classes 6 days a week, 3 days for our young adults and 3 days for job training for our parents. The trades being offered would include sewing, electrical training, plumbing, tiling, mechanics, barbering, beautician, metal art, jewelry making, computers and carpentry. It would become life-giving education for hundreds of people.”
Melissa shared an update on the political situation in Haiti with the International Executive Board (IEB) via GoToMeeting in January and presented the revised proposal and extensive documentation to the IEB in February at a second GoToMeeting. The International Executive Board approved the revised proposal on February 18, 2020.
Building should resume in early April and be completed by June 2020. Melissa plans to present a workshop at each Regional Conference to share the final updates of the program.