As the term runs to an end, BeeHive School can look back on this term very proudly. This term was one of the most intense terms of BeeHive's history. Some wonderful things and one terrible thing happened this term. The term started off on a very high note - the new computer lab opened, teacher training on the computer lab was a success and the lab is a wonderful addition to the school. In October, an enormous storm struck the school, ripped the roof off one of the buildings and damaged a large portion of the school, including the library and computer lab. Since then, wonderful donations of support have started to come in, and the school has started to recover.
The headmaster and staff has worked very hard minimizing the impact of the damaged school on the children. They worked tirlessly to clean up the damage and reopened the school just two days after the storm. The library and computer lab remained closed, but the students were able to attend class. The students do miss the closed library and computer lab but have continued to work hard and learn with the resources they have in their classrooms. They even performed a play last Friday for the end of the term.
Construction has already started to repair and rebuild the damage. This would not have been possible without the kind donations from everyone around the world.
BeeHive School's parents, teachers, students and supporters should be very proud - even after a terrible storm the children are still learning, playing and thriving!
Imagine working for two years to learn a trade and after graduation you take your certificate and head out looking for a job. Every employer says, “Congratulations on your certificate but where are your tools?” This is a common theme. No tools – no job! A simple set of tools can make a huge difference and change a life. We are getting closer to shipping the first container of tools to Haiti that will change lives . from perpetual poverty to productive citizen.
We had a good response from the first year of our Trick or Treat for Tools campaign. So we now have enough tools to fill a 20’ shipping container. This will go to the six Salesian Missions Vocational Schools in Haiti. Thanks for all the local donations during this drive. Volunteers will start working on this first shipment this month as the workshop is organized to do the tool cleaning and packaging with crates. We are making the crates out of donated plywood, pallets and lumber to keep costs low.
Envision a young man who has learned a new set of skills; who now receives a set of tools that enables him to become a productive member of his community. It is an opportunity to generate income and thus change the lives of his whole family. It’s not sexy or glitzy but it only takes one person to pull an entire family out of poverty.
Help us eliminate poverty one person at a time as we empower a few people to move from poverty to being productive citizens. Please donate generously.
It is getting quite exciting at Tools For Empowerment as we get into full swing at the refurbishing center. Tools continue to come in from that one tool drive at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in May and the workshop is pretty well operational now. We are getting all types of tools from hammers to cement mixers to lawnmowers. Anything that is not practical to send to a developing country we sell to help offset expenses. We are starting to make up tool kits from what we already have received and so we are getting closer to changing the lives of families in Haiti.
We are really excited about another tool drive in the works called Trick or Treat for Tools. Home Depot donated 100 of their orange buckets and we have volunteers decorating them. The volunteers will place them in Churches, Schools, and Businesses where each one will be the drop off point and catalyst for a tool drive at that location. We expect a good response from this and it goes until October 31st. Regardless of how many tools we get, we still need the funds to run the workshop and ship containers.
Please remember what this project is all about. It’s about helping young Haitians get a leg up and improve their chances for employment. It’s about changing lives – making a real difference - in a very tangible way. Your donation is truly appreciated.
Go ahead – make a difference – change a life - give generously.