Week of July 9


Haitians still consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to attend school, where in many other parts of the world, education is considered a human right. Families are often willing to sacrifice up to half their income to send their children to school. Haitian public schools have the capacity to serve only one quarter of the school-age population. Even before the earthquake, 25 percent of Haiti's school districts, mostly in rural areas, did not have a school. Robillard had a fine school that year thanks to St. Rose. And Fr. Andre began his assignment to Notre Dame Parish. Vocational Education Schools are practically oriented. The biggest category of vocational training is the Skill Training Centers which often do not require prior education. The vast majority of them are private, operating outside the control of the government. St. Rose supports such: Notre Dame de la Merci Vocational Center. There are two areas of skills young men and women learn-culinary arts and tailoring; a 2-year course of study and practicum. Sewing is done on treadle machines as no electricity exists in the building. Hand work is done in the doorways with bright sunlight. Training in design, creating patterns and tailoring is also practiced. Tuition is $200 per year.

Christian Stewards: Please consider giving a generous donation to FUNDING THE FUTURE at the end of the month. If you are motivated to contribute now, simply put your donation in an envelope with your name and address. You may specify sponsoring a boy or a girl. We will mail you a picture of a child. The pictures are current. All pictures will be on display the weekend July 29-30, for you to choose. All donations are tax deductible.

Fr Andre Sylvestre will visit us July 27-31.