-The Rev. Helen Orlando, Dcn
MEDFORD, NEW JERSEY On Sunday, March 25, members of St. Peter’s, Medford, prayerfully placed the roof and a small Haitian flag atop its scale replica of Redemption School, a private Episcopal school in Gonaives, Haiti that serves 400 students in grades Pre-K–12. The building is constructed entirely of Lego bricks, purchased and placed on the starting foundation over a period of six months at $1.00 per brick or $5.00 for six bricks. St. Peter’s sends special thanks to the many attendees of our March, 2017 Diocesan Convention whose donations and purchases of Lego bricks provided a full third of the total $888.00 raised by the project.
Over 15% of students’ families are unable to pay “Redemption’s” annual tuition of $300.00, which includes instruction, uniform, and books. Other families, able to pay for only a portion of the year, pull their students out of school when money runs short, even though Redemption does not require them to do so. As a result, children lose their chance to learn and faculty members often work without pay for several months at a time. The funds raised by our Lego School project will help ensure that the teachers at the real Redemption School will be paid in full and in a timely manner.
Thank you for working with us to support the ministry of Redemption School as it works to offer knowledge, dignity, and the possibility of new life to Haitian youth and, through them, to the people of Haiti.
For more information about supporting the Redemption School or about how to partner with another school in Haiti through the Haiti Partnership Program, please contact Deacon Helen Orlando at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Medford. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 856-596-6415).