Church-Run Schools and Compassion-Assisted Child Development Centers Benefit Thousands of Haitian Children
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 6, 2014) — On Sunday, Compassion International will commemorate the four-year anniversary of the catastrophic 7.0M earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 with the completion of 10 building projects for church partners affected by the disaster. The buildings will serve as schools for local children and Compassion-assisted child development centers for children enrolled in Compassion’s holistic child development program.
“On a day that brings the solemn remembrance of an earthquake that took thousands of lives, countless homes and the hope of a nation, we are so thankful to celebrate these solid new facilities,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “While it hasn’t been easy, there has been incredible progress in Haiti as a result of the dedication and commitment of our field staff and church partners to the children we serve. I can’t think of a better way to honor the past than to open new schools and child development centers for the children, the future, of Haiti.”
Approximately 90 percent of children in Haiti attend private or church-run schools due to an unstable public school system. This allows Compassion’s church partners in Haiti to serve children who attend a school run by the local church as well as children enrolled in Compassion’s holistic child development program. As a result, an estimated 22,500 children will benefit from Compassion-funded building projects in Haiti.
In addition to the 10 completed church building projects, Compassion has nine church projects under construction with another 11 slated for construction within the next year. While relief and recovery efforts are far from complete, Compassion International joins its church partners in celebration of progress made. Edouard Lassegue, Compassion International vice president of Latin American and Caribbean region, is available for interview. Please contact Tim Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-272-5377 to schedule an interview with Edouard on the progress and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
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Compassion International is the world's leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus' name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow us on Twitter at @compassion.