Have you thought about Haiti recently? With all the uncertainty and possible food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate how a special appeal from the past is reaping benefits in Haiti at a time like this.
It might seem like ages ago, but in the Fall of 2016, FAIR launched the Hungry Stomachs special appeal. The focus was to increase the self-sustainability of the school lunch program (Grace in Action) operated primarily through donations at the Salem Christian Academy in Dondon (Haiti). Since 2008, Grace in Action has provided one hearty meal per day (beans, rice, and vegetables) to students and staff — 700 people — enabling them to make the most of their schooling.
In response to the initial Hungry Stomachs appeal, FAIR received over $110,000! This sum was almost triple the original goal of $40,000. Because of the generosity of Fellowship churches and donors, the school was able to make some significant improvements on their premises. They built a wall around the planned garden area to help prevent crop theft. They planted papaya plants to both supplement the school meals, and to sell the excess in order to raise funds in order to produce the food staples which they can’t grow themselves. They recently transitioned to growing pineapple in the garden.
All this would not be possible without the support of FAIR’s donors, and we thank you!
Pray that the staff and students at Salem Christian Academy will sense Christ’s love through the feeding program. Pray that the Lord would give wisdom and discernment to leadership as they continue to seek ways to make the program self-sustaining.