As Christmas approaches, many of us are making plans to spend time with family. For kids like Karim, family is a source of trauma. Patrick, the Ugandan leader of Jinja Connection, believes that many of the challenges associated with children migrating to the streets are a result of a lack of support in households and the community at large.
We all know that growing children eat a lot! There are four women who serve as the cooks for the 338 children at the Village of Hope primary school: Mary Compore, Sidlawende, Pascaline, and Salamata. Together they ensure that the children and staff are fed well with nourishing food to support their learning and playing.
The situation in Haiti has been critical for much of this year. With Haiti's gang violence and political turmoil impeding an organized national response, relief responses from local leaders were even more urgent. Impact Haiti quickly launched a coordinated effort to bring relief to those most desperately in need.
Education has the power to transform lives by breaking the cycle of poverty, but access to education isn’t a given in many countries around the world. Earlier this year, our partners in Guatemala opened a preschool called Katie's Place! This is the kind of long-term transformation that our Pulse community of monthly donors makes possible.
Our partners at CFPC Vocational Training School would like to hire a social worker to help other young women safely navigate the unfamiliar process of obtaining an education, in the face of strong opposition from their husbands or fathers. This sort of long-term investment in a community is simply not possible without Pulse.
What is Pulse? It’s a community of like-minded monthly donors who know that breaking the cycle of poverty for kids like Davis and Arnold does not take place over the short term. Imagine, children who not so long ago were living on the streets are now safe at home, receiving a quality education.
On Saturday October 2, the Village of Hope compound began to burst with children's voices as the students arrived. After the summer holidays, we are grateful to be able to start our school year. The teachers, staff, and the new primary school director have worked hard to prepare for the students and we can't wait for what God has planned this year.
Near the end of June all the students took their government exams, a stressful week of in class exams and practical evaluation. We are pleased to announce that all of our students passed. Two of our woodworking students placed first and second in the whole district and one of our welding students took top place in the district!