BRING HOPE TO THE SCHOOL CHILDREN OF SOUTH HAITI

BRING HOPE TO THE CHILDREN OF SOUTH, HAITI - Chardonnières, Haiti 2021's Earthquake Relief Effort 

This Gofundme campaign, created by the Grace Online Bible Ministry, is designed to provide immediate assistance to the school children of two elementary schools and their communities who have been impacted by the recent South, Haiti earthquake. Please read below for more information on who we are and the kind of service work we do.

1) The "Shamaking" Elementary School and Community:
To begin, I'd like to share with you the story of the “Shamaking” school children. For over three decades, Renand Hilaire, a pastor and humanitarian, together with his wife, Marie Jeannita Hilaire, a proponent for children’s education, dedicated their lives to Christian ministry, children’s education, community development, and resource justice in Chardonnières, Haiti. In 1987, they built a school for adolescents. In 2014, they extended their reach to young children by building , “Lekol Shamaking”, an elementary school comprising of Chardonnières’ first kindergarten education and for more than 35 years, they’ve facilitated the education of over 4,000 children.
 
To much dismay, on August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south coast of Haiti, wrecking this small town and destroying many of the homes of these children and their families, including parts of this school which for so long served as a beacon of hope for this community. Presently, “Lekol Shamaking”, has over 200 students, and its affiliated church, also created and led by Pastor Renand Hilaire, has 530 members. With little national and international aid reaching this small rural town since the earthquake, people are most affected by a shortage of food, water, medical resources, and secured shelter. Among those most affected are young children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Due to the subsequent landslides and tropical storm Grace, the water system has been contaminated, making clean water especially scarce for this area. Additionally, as many homes in the area have been destroyed, over 260 people have taken refuge in the partially destroyed “Shamaking” school. The situation becomes especially uncertain during days and periods of heavy rain, where the school gets flooded and becomes unsuitable for dwelling due to the desolation of parts of the school's ceiling and walls. Finally, much of the people’s crops and produce have been destroyed and contaminated, and with very little financial means, many people are going hungry. Please view below under the “Shamaking” section to view the direct impact of the earthquake and the storm to this region.

2) The "First Baptist" School and Community:
The second school I’d like to tell you about is the First Baptist School of Chardonnières. Founded in 1982 by Pasteur Jean-Benoit, this elementary school community, serving a cohort of over 260 children, has also been impacted in various ways from the recent crisis. Many families of this school community have been displaced from their homes, several children and adults have acquired physical ailments and remain in need of urgent medical attention. As per structural damages, the school which was due for a renovation and was in the process of reformation has seen a complete desolation of its beginning efforts.  This has consequently set it far behind its reconstruction agenda and in need of increased financial aid to achieve its goal. The majority of the desecration can be seen in the school’s ceiling, walls and flooring. 

Moreover, the psychological impact of the crisis on the young children is also gruesome and with few mental health services, it is challenging but necessary to devise a prompt remediation plan. For many people, especially for the 260 children of this school, this is the first major natural catastrophe this area has seen. The traumatic effect of this crisis is said to be intense and it is not yet clear how long-lasting its impact will be. Increased support is needed for this school to provide a safe and healthy space for students to debrief following this crisis and learn. As this school only receives funding from its associated Church, the First Baptist Church of Chardonnières, it requires great financial support because many of its members have been severely affected by the earthquake and storm. Thus, in addition to structural reconstruction, financial assistance will be directed to providing basic medical services, paying school staff, feeding students, devising and financing a plan to provide mental health support, and ensuring the attainment of basic school resources.

The Emergency Relief Goal:

Consequently, the Grace Online Bible Ministry, a young faith-based and humanitarian service group based in NYC is working to mobilize the community to help raise emergency relief funds for the children of the “Shamaking”  and the "First Baptist School" schools and their community. After conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, we have decided to pursue a minimum goal of $50,000 to assist in restoration efforts and help provide hope for a better future. We invite you to look over the Emergency Needs Assessment document attached to understand the full breakdown of the resource needs and the plan to ensure a focused and efficient response.
 
We are one humanity, one people, all of us are children of God, and while we may not control where and what situations we’re birthed into, we have the power to touch lives, ease suffering, and bring hope to this world. At times we wait for divine intervention, but the truth is, we are the hands of God, so let us be the change we want to see. We ask that you kindly join this important cause. Please help us promote this by sharing it with your friends, family, and on your social media platforms. Any and every support is appreciated. We thank you in advance.

Deadline:
Due to the urgency of this crisis, we are asking you to please donate at your earliest convenience!

IMAGES :The "Shamaking" School:
Image 1:This photo taken by Renand Hilaire shows the school mural on a wall barricading the side of the school. This photo was taken 5/22/17.
Image 2:This photo taken by Renand Hilaire shows some students of the 2018 kindergarten class during their "Moving Up" or graduation ceremony. This photo was taken 7/5/2018.
Image 3:This photo taken by Renand Hilaire shows some students of the 2018 kindergarten class during their "Moving Up" or graduation ceremony. This photo was taken 7/5/2018.
Image 4:This photo show some of the grade school students of "Shamaking" in the school's yard for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic school year. This photo was taken 10/11/2018.
Image 5: This photo shows some students of the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic school year in history  class. This photo was taken 4/8/2019.
Image 6: This photo shows some students of the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic school year in French class. This photo was taken 4/8/2019.
Image 7:This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to parts of the "Shamaking" school. This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 8: This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "Shamaking" community. This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 9:This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "Shamaking" community. This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 10:This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "Shamaking" community. This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 11:This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "Shamaking" community. This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 12: This photo shows where some of the families dwelled and took  immediate refuge on a nearby mountain top after the earthquake.  This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 13: This photo shows where some of the families dwelled and took  immediate refuge on a nearby mountain top after the earthquake.  This photo was taken 8/15/2021.
Image 14: This photo captured by Renand Hilaire shows where the children and their family have taken refuge in the school to the destruction of their homes. This photo was taken 8/19/21.
Image 15: This photo captured by Renand Hilaire shows where the children and their family have taken refuge in the school to the destruction of their homes. This photo was taken 8/19/21.

IMAGES : The First Baptist Elementary School
Image 1:
This photo shows some of the students of the First Baptist Elementary school.
Image 2:
This photo shows some of the students of the First Baptist Elementary school.
Image 3:This photo shows some of the students of the First Baptist Elementary school.
Image 4:This photo shows some of the students of the First Baptist Elementary school.
Image 7:This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "First Baptist School"  community. This photo was taken 8/17/2021.
Image: This photo shows part of the destructions that occurred due to the recent Earthquake to some of the family homes of the children of the "First Baptist School"  community. This photo was taken 8/17/2021.

LOCATION:
CHARDONNIERES, HAITI
https://haiti.fandom.com/wiki/Les_Chardonnières 


WHO WE ARE:
As the Grace Bible Online Ministry , we are a collection of young health care professionals and academic scholars in various fields united by a joint purpose to spread the love of God through faith and action. We started on a mission ten years ago to be bold and intentional about sharing Christ and His free gift of eternal life by faith through grace to the world, and infecting the world with love through service. Hence, we are devoted to grassroot humanitarian services that seek to tackle issues related to resource injustice, poverty, human rights, and education in marginalized territories like Haiti. Our core values are rooted in love, activism, community, and faith.
To learn more about who we are, please visit our website:https://www.gobibleministry.com 

Meet some of our core members:
Kelly Hilaire, Minister | Education: BSN, FNP
Gregory Felix, Minister | Education: OT Student
Naromie Dejoie | Education: MPH and Narrative Medicine
Kechna Cadet | Education: MPH and PhD Candidate at John Hopkins for Public Health
Jordan Dejoie | Education: Biology Professor and Business Analyst
Rebecca Campbell | Education: MS Candidate for Children PsychologyMarlie Hilaire | Education: BSN, FNP
Marthe M. Hilaire, Missionary
To learn more visit our website:https://www.gobibleministry.com 

References:
1.  Aichi Prefecture Disaster Prevention Office . (2010). Aichi Emergency Road Network, March, 2010.

2.  Aichi Prefecture Emergency Response Division . (2009). Aichi's plan for disaster relief supplies, Presentation, November, 2009.

3.  Fukami, M & Hisamoto, N. (2010). A general view of Japanese disaster prevention system. Working Paper, April 2010.

4.  Gunma Prefecture. (2012). Analysis of disaster victims, Report. 

5.  Kyoto Disaster Prevention Office . (2005) Technique for estimation of damages by an earthquake. Report, December, 2005.

6.  Mine, T. (2011). Delay of the emergency cargo and the fact at the Great East Japan Earthquake. Logistics Review, 56 (Summer),16-21.

7.  Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT). (2011). Recovery of road network for emergency response to the Great East Japan earthquake, Presentation.

8.  Nojima, N. & Sugito, M. (2005). Probabilistic assessment model for post-earthquake serviceability of utility lifelines and its practical application. Proceeding of ICOSSAR: Safety and reliability of engineering systems and structures, 279-286.

9.  Whybark, D.C., Melnyk, S.A., Day, J. & Davis, E. (2010). Disaster relief supply chain management: New realities, management challenges, emerging opportunities. Decision Line, May 2010, 4-7.


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