In October of 2011, 12 year old Jarrett Johnson (above) visited the nation of Haiti for the first time. He was impacted deeply by the way the children there lived and struggled. While in Haiti, he visited many schools and was amazed by the distances children would travel by foot just to go to school. Even worse were the children in the villages that had no school anywhere near by.
Upon returning, Jarrett had the idea to raise enough money to build a new school in an area that is in need. His goal is to ask other kids from America to help the kids of Haiti. The project has been called Kidz Helping Kidz.
God’s Pit Crew is facilitating the Kidz Helping Kidz project. GPC has set up a special account for this project only. 100% of gifts given to the project go to project costs, no administration costs will come from your gift. Make any checks out to God’s Pit Crew with a memo of Kidz Helping Kidz.
Our goal is to build a school that will accommodate over 500 students. This school will have a kitchen and eating shelters where the students will be fed a hot and nutritional meal. For most students this may be their only meal of the day. This project will also include a new commercial playground that will be built on the property. This playground will be extra special to the Haitian children as most have never experienced or even seen a playground before. The playground will help develop their physical and mental strength. Upon completion of this project, the school, playground and the property will be turned over to International Missions Outreach, operated by missionaries, John and Joyce Hanson who are orginially from Clendenin, West Virginia, but have lived in Haiti for 35 years. IMO is a Haitian accredited organization.
In that time, they have accumulated 18 schools and are teaching 5,500 kids from prekindergarten through sixth grade. John and Joyce Hanson have not only built schools, churches and a Bible College, they have worked tirelessly to minister to the nation of Haiti in every way. God's Pit Crew is honored to have had a long standing relationship with IMO.
Frequently Asked Questions for Kidz Helping Kidz Project:
Where in Haiti is the school being built?
How many students will school accommodate?
-Over 500 Students
Who will operate school upon its completion?
-International Missions Outreach (IMO)---They are currently operating 18 other accredited schools in Haiti
What is the total cost?
What will the money be used for?
-Purchasing the land
-Building a 12 foot security wall around perimeter of land
-Actual School Building
Who is building the school?
-Haitians will build perimeter wall
-A portion of school will be built by Haitian workers which will create jobs for them
-GPC will build school and playground
After completion of school, how can I continue to help?
-By sponsoring a child who will attend this school. Please visit the IMO website at www.imohaiti.org for more information on how to sponsor a child for $25 per month to help provide their educational, medical and nutritional needs
When will this project take place?
-Our goal is to have this completed by February 2015