About Schools for Haiti
Fearing’s also has a vested interest in the nation of Haiti. Owners Lois and Doug Fearing established a relationship with Portage missionary Nancy Hibbard who is stationed in Haiti. Through Nancy’s encouragement Lois and Doug organized a church mission trip to Haiti in the fall of 2009 which was to take place in February 2010; not knowing at that time that the mission trip would be following the disastrous Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Schools for Haiti (SFH) was born out of the vision of Haitian born Daniel Michel who wanted to start a Christian school in his village of Montrouis, (pronounced Mo Wee) which is 57km north of Port-au-Prince. Through connections he made while in the states he shared his vision and out of that Schools for Haiti was founded. The first year was very successful, so much so that SFH was supporting over 60 children with four teachers by year-end. It will be nine years this September and now SFH supports over 400 students in four schools with a quality education and a nutritious meal every school day. In addition, SFH also supports a children’s home for 11 children who are orphans or abandoned.
Schools for Haiti is a non profit 501 (c)3 organization that provides safe and nurturing educational environments for the youth of Haiti offering them the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and values so they can flourish and grow. This will lay a foundation for change in their country. Haiti, a nation that ranks 177th out of 186 in the world for educational spending, has a literacy rate of only 52.9% and less than 30% of children will ever reach 6th grade. The vision for Schools for Haiti is clear, “We will make a difference in their lives. They will make a difference in the future of Haiti.“