Students in Haiti learn English as a Second Language (ESL) through a premium software program, thanks to UMC #Giving Tuesday donations made last year to Haitians Artisans of Peace International (HAPI).
UMC #GivingTuesday Donations Create Opportunities
Online donations made through UMC #GivingTuesday last year to Haitian Artisans of Peace International (HAPI) supported their work in a number of ways. It created English-learning opportunities, local job creation and reinforced the call of a United Methodist deaconess. HAPI shares these successes with Global Ministries.
Ultide Gard, a student from Musac de LaVallee, Haiti, is learning English as a Second Language (ESL) through a premium software program which was licensed to 15 computers in the ESL class of Haitian Artisans of Peace International (HAPI), Advance #3020490, thanks to UMC #Giving Tuesday donations made last year.
Ultide Gard, an ESL student from Musac de LaVallee, uses a software program that enables her to understand English at the university level. Photo: Courtesy of HAPI
After successfully completing 10 levels, Gard and her classmates now have the opportunity to prepare for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam — the most widely respected English-language test, which measures a person’s ability to use and understand English at the university level. The program helps students like Gard successfully submit their online distant-learning applications or seek viable employment. HAPI also helps identify university partners and distance-learning requirements for students when they successfully complete the TOEFL exam.
“English and computer skills increase employability in a country with nearly 11,000 international organizations, particularly opening doors for women,” said Valerie Mossman-Celestin, HAPI’s U.S. executive director.
An Answered Call
Similarly, UMC #GivingTuesday donations opened the door for Mossman-Celestin to live out her call to love, justice and service as a United Methodist deaconess.
Donations supported her work of listening and walking alongside HAPI’s staff to develop funds, implement programs and necessary infrastructures to increase their capacity to manage and coordinate United Methodist Volunteers in Mission teams. She also educates others on the important life-giving difference between empowerment and charity.
Giving Tuesday Donations Support Health Center
Outside the Felisane Health Center is a patient waiting area. Photo: Courtesy of HAPI
Empowering local communities through job creation is another example of the impact of UMC #GivingTuesday donations. Local workers were hired for the construction of HAPI’s Felisane Health Center and donations allowed for the purchase of several high-quality materials, including anti-microbial tile and interiors and Hill-Rom birthing beds. Donations also covered the shipping costs of transporting furnishings and equipment to the nearly completed health center.
For those living in mountainous or rural communities who would otherwise travel a long distance to seek medical assistance, the Felisane Health Center is conveniently located to serve surrounding communities, making health care more accessible, thereby reducing transportations costs for the most vulnerable populations.
UMC #Giving Tuesday
Make an impact with your gifts. On Dec. 2 you are invited to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million.*
Click here for Giving Tuesday resources.
*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2, 2014, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.