Living Water Christian School in Port De Paix, Haiti opened in November of 2011. The school provides the poorest of Haiti's children with an elementry education, clean water and sometimes food. These mal-nourished children are currently in critical need of vitamines, medicines, school supplies and other crutial supplies which are not safe to send through the mail.
Steven Toth and Erin Almond, husband and wife, have been to Haiti five times since the devistating earth quake in January of 2010 working with medical teams and opening the school for the children they fell in love with.
It is extreemly difficult to work full time jobs and run a non-profit school in Haiti, but Erin and Steven feel they have no choice but to try to help these people. Since first seeing the faces of these despirate hungry children, they have devoted thousands of dollars of their own money to open the school and keep it running. It has been almost two years since they have been able to go to Haiti.
Besides the monthly payroll, books, uniforms, and rent, it is imperative that they raise money to buy land and build their own school. This is the only way to transform the school into a self sustaining organisation, which has always been the ultimate goal. Steve and Erin need to look at land plots and get prices so they can start fundraising for that. Also on this trip they need to deliver much needed medical supplies to the school such as basic over the counter medications, childrens vitamins, school supplies, letters from other children to the students, office supplies and many other badly needed items. LWCS not only helps the children but also boasts an all Haitian staff.
They will also visit another school in the mountains above Port De Paix which is also in desparate need of support and may eventually become "Living Water Christian School in the mountains"
100% of the money raised will go to support this trip and the school.
You can go to lwcshaiti.org for more information and pictures and visit the 'Living Water Christian School Haiti' Facebook page for evem more recent photos.
Even though the earthquake was five years ago, the situation in Haiti is still dire. Please help us in this effort.
Any amount will help.
In October of 2010 Steve and ErinToth went to Haiti for the first time, responding to the devastation and suffering created by the now famous earthquake that took place on January 12th earlier that year.The record breaking quake resulted in more than 300,000 deaths, 70,000 traumatic amputations and innumerable other orthopedic issues. That October, Steve and Erin spent one week in San Louis Du Nord and Port De Paix on the Northwest coast of Haiti, assisting "Phoenix Rising for Haiti", an orthopedic team which provides biannual medical clinics, including the complete maufacturing of custom prosthetic limbs, while patients wait. Many refugees fled to the north after the quake in Port Au Prince.
This area in Northern Haiti is one of the the poorest areas of the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.
Steven is an orthopedic technitian and surgical assistant with Kaiser Permenante in California, and Erin sewed straps on the prosthetics and repared braces, and anything that needed heavy duty sewing. She also checked people in, and did what ever else was needed. This trip changed their lives forever.
On this trip Erin was particuarly moved by the numerous hungry children on the streets all day begging. Unemployment rates are as high as 80% in this area and there is no public school system. Although recently some public education progress has been made, it has not yet reached the out lying rural areas. The Haitian educational system is still one based solely on private schools which charge $200-$1200(American dollars) per year for each student, plus books, and uniforms. 80% will most likely never learn to read or write. These same 80% of Haitian children probably do not eat every day, and are forced to drink their water from the dirty river, their families unable to afford coal to boil the water.
Erin was tourtured to her soul thinking about the over abundance in the "rich" countries and the hungry children she could not feed there. She prayed and cried to God every night for the whole week in Haiti, that He would PLEASE provide her find a way to help these children. The basic human needs of water and educationIt seemed a tuition free school for that provided clean water was the best way to do the most good.
When Steven and Erin returned to California they kept praying about the idea or dream of opening school for the poorest children in the world. They involved their tiny local church and the momentum of the ministry gained speed. Miracle after miracle culminated in the opening of the school in November of 2011, just 16 weeks after first mentioning it in an email to their interpreter in Haiti. They raised funds and the interpreter and her husband (Monine and Johnson Blanc ) in Haiti rented a house in Port De Paix, interviewed and hired teachers, obtained a licence and sent a pick-up truck through the poor areas declairing with an amplified megaphone the opening of the school and where and when to sign up. There were almost 200 kids who came to get a chance at school. Our initial critieria was that the child have never attended school before. There were girls as old as 12 coming to start school for the first time!
Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.
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