- What is The Bridge Sponsorship Program?
The Bridge is a program of child sponsorship for the children of Carrefour Poy, Haiti. By partnering with Pastor Gilbert Jules of Haiti we are able to help provide basic needs, education, and most importantly, the Gospel of Christ to the impoverished village of Carrefour Poy for just a small monthly fee of $25 per child. Sponsoring a child through The Bridge is a means to expose the children of the village and their families to the Gospel as well as showing them the love of Christ by providing for the basic needs of the children and their families.
- How are children chosen to be sponsored?
Gilbert is choosing some of the neediest children between the ages of 3 and 18 in the village of Carrefour Poy. Some of these children are already enrolled in the school but have not been able to pay more than a few pennies per month towards tuition. Other children are from the village and would not be able to afford tuition without this sponsorship program. In the words of Gilbert: “Parents there depend only on crops. They really don’t have jobs. So, whatever they get is not enough to even survive. They have the willingness to send their children to school, but most of them cannot.”
- What is a typical day like for a sponsored child?
School is in session from 7:30am to 1:00pm. After school, the children may help their parents work in the garden, study, or go to the market. They also like to play soccer and will sometimes come back to the school yard to play. Most children do not have breakfast or lunch. They expect only one meal after school in the evening.
- What is being taught at the school in Carrefour Poy?
According to Pastor Gilbert, “As a Christian school, the main motive is to train the children to believe in Christ.” The school offers classes from pre-K through sixth grade. We have several older children waiting to be sponsored who have not yet passed sixth grade. These children have not been able to attend school regularly, most often due to a lack of finances. Besides teaching the Bible, each day the students also learn Haitian history, math, reading, and writing in both French and Creole.
- What does $25 per month provide for each child?
$25 per month ($300 per year) will provide tuition and one new school uniform each year. It is important to the people of Haiti to be properly dressed for school. Without the proper clothing, most families will not send their children to school, so the school uniform is a very important aspect of this program. The cost of tuition provides a decent salary for the teachers, school supplies for the student, and basic medical care from the school nurse. This money also helps to fund school meals which we are currently able to provide two times per week. We are praying that we will be able to expand that in the near future.
- Can I communicate with my sponsored child?
Yes. When the opportunity arises for us to bring gifts or letters to your sponsored children we will let you know. We also attempt to bring letters from the children to their sponsors when we are able.
- How can I be praying for The Bridge?
Please pray that God will multiply our resources to meet the physical needs of the children of Carrefour Poy. Pray that through this program, the children we sponsor will come to know the love of Jesus Christ and that they will share that knowledge with their families, thus bringing the Good News to the whole village of Carrefour Poy.