Many of you may have seen our latest blog post detailing mission opportunities with the Denim Project. After reading the post, you might be wondering how a guest house will help people in poverty. That is a valid question. I realize that all of the thought and planning that has gone into this next phase of the Denim Project happens behind the scenes, where you the reader/supporter cannot see the progression of details as they fall into place.
Last June, we were able to rent The Denim House for the next two years. The space is large and airy and offers a good work environment, but also has other rooms that can be used to house mission teams, travelers, families, and friends as they tour Haiti. So how does this fit with the mission of the Denim Project to keep families together through job creation, education, and orphan prevention.
Once we have outfitted the house with the donation items requested (items and materials which we plan to source locally in Haiti,) we hope to use the house in the following ways:
Guest House: The guest house will give us another venue for hiring local workers for cooking, cleaning, and washing. While also stimulating the local economy through the purchase of supplies (ie. water, food, phone minutes, gas, etc) from local vendors.
Roof Top Restaurant: This is a really exciting opportunity as we can provide jobs for locals through waitstaff, cooks, and dishwashers. We can teach cooking, etiquette, and English in a practical environment where the skills can be tested and honed on a daily basis. A second bonus for this business proposition is making North American cuisine available to those who enjoy Pizza and Hot Sandwiches.
Establishing a Library: While there are many schools in the area educating children in the main elements of math, language, and science, the funding often does not stretch to books for reading pleasure. Having books available both in English and French will give children the opportunity to continue their education through reading non-fiction books, improve their reading skills through fiction, and generally add another pasttime to their repertoire. I love to read and look forward to sharing this love with others.
Tutoring: Our central location in the village of Minoterie, creates an ideal space for tutoring children. In Haiti, children in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12 must pass a national exam before advancing to the next grade or graduating from high school. This is very difficult for many children whose parents have very little education and are not able to help with homework or preparing for the exam. By offering this service, more children will have a chance of completing not only the next grade in school, but eventually graduating from high school.
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