We had a special guest this morning from a mission in central Haiti. He said that Cross International’s support of HELP, another ministry based in Port-au-Prince, is making a difference in their rural village. HELP (short for Haitian Education & Leadership Program) finds the brightest students in schools around the country who are too poor to further their education and gives them university scholarships.
Anyway, Dieurgrand, a boy from a very poor family, sailed through the mission’s school system from preschool to high school with flying colors. When Connor Bohan, founder of HELP, stopped by the mission, he spotted this bright student and granted him a scholarship. Today Dieurgrand is studying agriculture, including an internship in Ohio. His family and everyone at the mission are so proud!
The majority of HELP graduates go on to earn quite a tidy income – nearly five times that of the national average – and they remain to spend it in Haiti. In fact, a stipulation to receiving a HELP scholarship is to stay in Haiti and practice their profession, whether it’s medicine, engineering, agriculture, or other career. That way the country benefits by their professional skills and by their contribution to the local economy. Sure enough, once Dieugrand earns his degree the mission hopes to bring him back home and put him on staff.
By the way, “Dieugrand” means ‘God is great.’ He sure is!