Posted by: In: Scholarship 31 Aug 2017 0 comments

Hope for the Island Scholarship program is making a great impact on the lives of the students involved!

Our new batch of 25 students is now regularly attending school and has been productive according to the teachers’ feedback.

We have incorporated Math, English and Science classes as part of our after school program.  This is helping students overcome a lot of learning barriers and associated anxiety. Many students were not excelling in the past and were dropping out of school.

 

 

Students not currently part of our Hope Scholarship, have approached our staff asking if they too can be part of the tutorial classes.  These opportunities provide ways for us to develop the trust within relationships that is needed to disciple them effectively.

Scholars also clean our Hope for the Island property. We have also organized community service programs where they are learning to develop a heart of servant hood with a variety of opportunities to give back.

 

Our goal is to build connection with the students’ families so we can minister to them as well. As we respond in obedience to the Lord’s example of love and compassion, we know the right doors will open.

 

SUPPORT A STUDENT FOR ONE SCHOOL YEAR $120

Posted by: In: Scholarship 11 Dec 2016 0 comments

Video:  Scholars Say Thank You

 

 

With an increasing burden to see youth graduate and for them to get plugged in at HOPE, we took a huge step of faith this school year. We opened our Scholarship Program to every single high school student (150) in Burgos.

Criteria is quite simple: High attendance rate in school and our weekly Youth Ministry as well as participating in our scheduled community service initiatives.  Even though it’s not difficult to meet these requirements to be a scholar, this semester only 46 youth received scholarship reimbursements. It goes to show just how much of a challenge education is in the island. For this reason, poverty related issues are amplified.

We had a meeting with the scholars’ parents last week to affirm them for the efforts made and to release funds to cover costs they spent for the first semester. This approach helps them learn the valuable life lesson that hard work pays off.

 

After the meeting our staff asked the parents to write an encouragement letter to their child. Many parents moved to a quiet area to think of the right words to say. Others were not comfortable with sharing their feelings but wrote a quick note in a fun and light manner. Communicating love or encouragement is not common in our island culture.  The students were touched.

The estimated cost per student is $120 for the whole school year. At the moment we do not have the funds necessary to cover each student. Please consider supporting one student for the year. This includes uniform, tuition and school project costs. Please indicate SCHOLARSHIP program when you make your donation. We will keep you updated throughout the school year so you can be praying with us for these students to excel and honour God!

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Posted by: In: Scholarship 17 Aug 2012 0 comments

Skills and education that provide opportunity for employment lead to a decline in poverty.  Families in the neighboring village of Burgos struggle to cover basic expenses for Elementary and High School. Read more…

Posted by: In: Scholarship 12 Jul 2012 0 comments

This year a new Department of Education requirement was that we hand over our Kinder 2 class to them.  This was not easy for us or for the families of the children wanting to continue at Hope for the Island Preschool.

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