Augustin, Haiti Schools Program Director, passed away late last year after more than 20 years of involvement with the program, and nearly a decade serving as its leader. His deep commitment to his work, as well as his myriad connections to Outreach staff, Community of Christ and the people who support the 61 schools and 17 feeding programs in Haiti, leave some big shoes to fill.
An interim leadership team, comprised of two leaders from the Community of Christ Mission Center, has been put in place to ensure continuity between Augustin’s leadership and that of his eventual replacement. Our goal is to hire a new School Program Coordinator by this summer, who can undergo training and be fully equipped to lead when the new school year begins in September.
Meanwhile, four school inspectors regularly collect data from affiliated schools throughout the country to monitor enrollment numbers and track students’ health. The schools supported by Outreach are spread out over a geographical area larger than Massachusetts – over 27,750 square kilometers – so continual observation and contact is essential to guarantee proper allocation of supporters’ donations, and by extension, that the program is providing maximum benefit to students.
While the administrative side of the Haiti Schools Program continues to evolve, the program itself continues to provide benefits to students without interruption. Currently, 5,296 students are enrolled in the school program, and 1,527 students end each school day with a nutritious meal provided by the feeding program – two elements of life in Haiti that remain consistent thanks to the dedication of Haiti staff, and the generosity of Outreach supporters.
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Want an inspirational peek at our work in Haiti? Check out our story about the work that went into rebuilding a school there after it was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Spoiler: It’s inspirational.