Beyond Relief Int’l. Ministries trade school in St. Louis du Nord, Haiti, held its 2018/2019 school year graduation on Sunday, July 14. Over 200 students received diplomas recognizing their skills in art, computer, electricity, English, plumbing, sewing, or tiling. These new skills will, literally, change their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. They now have the opportunity to earn a living and you have played a big role in this accomplishment through both your prayer and financial support of Beyond Relief.
This is the 7th graduating class at the trade school. The first graduation in 2013 had a total of 17 graduates in art, electricity, English, and plumbing. Up until 2015 school was held in several rented facilities. God has blessed us with ¼ acre of land on which we now have 6 large classrooms, an office, a guardhouse, several storage buildings, and a guesthouse where our Haitian director and his family live full time on site. Our God has blessed us with all this through supporters such as you. We are so thankful for your prayer support and your financial support through the years. You are truly a blessing to these young Haitian adults. There will be fewer Haitian children going to bed hungry and fewer being dropped off at an orphanage because their parents can’t afford to keep them because of your generosity.
Early in the 18/19 school year our electrical students were able to work with Sonlight Power to install a 24-panel solar system on top of the guesthouse. This project has allowed the school to avoid using the gasoline generator for over 6 months! No cost, and more electricity for lights, pumping water, and cooling food than we’ve ever had before.
Now it is time to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year that starts September 9. Though there are not any classes going on right now, there is a lot of work going on. Last year the school had over 400 students attend and there was only one bathroom for all of the students to use. Before school starts, 2 new bathrooms (one for men and one for women) are being built. Each bathroom will have 3 toilets and 3 sinks. This is something that is greatly needed but we have had to wait to get the funds to finish the project.
We are always amazed at how the school continues to grow helping more and more Haitians to realize a dream of having real careers. And God continues to supply what is needed to be able to expand the school. We look forward to what God is going to do in the new school year. Thank you for your support and prayers.
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