There are currently 40 children in our care, and our main goal is to introduce them to the love of Jesus. As they grow and learn, we transition them to an independence home, where graduates have ongoing guidance while they learn to live without constant adult supervision.
Over three decades, the Eva Russell School has experienced amazing growth, now providing a quality education to 215 children. From preschool classrooms to core subjects for older students, we are laying a foundation of excellence that can help break cycles of poverty and oppression. But the most important thing we teach them is the love of Jesus that offers them hope for a brighter future.
We recently began intensive trauma care training for our house parents and selected school personnel, opened a ninth-grade classroom for the first time, and held a major book fair with the help of a visiting work team. Current objectives are to hire a social worker, convert a parking lot to green space, and expand office space. Every detail of our plans is designed to bring hope, healing, and love to those who need it most.
Many children we serve are Haitian and have come to Dominican Republic while their families search for work and better opportunities. However, many Haitians face intense discrimination and hardship. Rachel* is from a Haitian family and has attended our school since she was five years old. A strong temperament and anger issues caused her to get in fights, fail first and second grades, and show a lack of respect to her teachers. Several times she was sent to the school psychologist to help her learn positive behavior and healthy personal interaction.
We are overjoyed to see such wonderful changes in Rachel over the past two years! Not only is she performing well in school, but she is responsible, respectful, and building healthy relationships with her peers. Most importantly, she made the decision to follow Jesus, the One who gives her true hope for the future. Rachel says that she would like to attend college after graduating from our program, and we pray that she will influence her family, community, and the world with the good news of Jesus.
*name changed to protect privacy
Site partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what child sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.
Our campus houses orphaned and abandoned children in family-style homes with loving, attentive house parents. In most cases, the kids have been through difficult and painful circumstances before coming to us, and we count it a privilege to give them a safe place to live and recover from their traumatic pasts.