At the same time, the disciples came unto Jesus saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said verily I said unto you except ye be converted, and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receive me.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; the schools are not free as they are in the States. More than 200,000 Haitian children and young people do not go to school or professional school. Secondary (High School) Education level students range in age from 15 to 19. All students should go on to the next level, but there are more national exams which students must pass. They then go to third, second, Retho, and Philo, which is the final year. Then they also take a national test to graduate, which is always in French. If they are really lucky, or from a wealthy family, they can go on to a vocational school or University. Our dream is to enhance a Professional Technical School that teaches agriculture, as well as elementary and high school, and a University for our next generation of children. We are able to give some of our orphans opportunity to study at the University level. One of our beloved orphanage children, when she was first brought to us at the age of four, had been living with a poor family. Her mother had abandoned her, but today, she is in her fifth year of medical school at Quisqueya of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. When she is home from the University, she helps out in our Orphanage with our mobile medical clinic. She will be a great asset to any medical practice or medical facility. She has a very bright future and now has the opportunity to help the people of her country. Children of both sexes are in extremely difficult conditions. This is due in part to the rarity of food products. In spite of the deterioration of their living conditions, children show the desire to return to school. The parents are getting poorer and the conditions are very alarming. The situation is dire.
Hurricane Matthew worsened the conditions of the people living in the department of Grand’Anse. The most vulnerable social categories like women and children deteriorated. The damage caused by this natural disaster is destruction of housing, loss of crops, flooding, deforestation, weakening of small trade, and the disappearance of people to other areas. Men and women are searching for the best living conditions. After hurricane Matthew passed, children could not go to the school because they did not have the necessary resources. The children lost their uniforms, their school materials, etc. At the present time the commune of Jeremie is experiencing a situation of drought which makes agricultural production considerably slow. This causes the rise in prices of products of prime necessity. Recreational activities disappear. We can expect social degeneration because families are dislocated and because of the destruction of their homes. A situation of violence could develop in the commune of Jeremie if nothing is done in favor of children and women.