Robin Stoutt, a retired school-district Superintendent, has been sponsoring Haitian students’ education ever since she visited Haiti for the first time in 2014. She went again in 2016, and again just last week, where she had an opportunity to sit down with one of our Haitian educational leaders, Olgus St. Fort.
Robin thought she understood the value that education plays in a student’s life, but this conversation confirmed just how impactful it really is for students in Haiti, and how she, along with all of our education sponsors are truly changing lives.
“I have dedicated my life to educating children," Robin said. "One thing I know for sure is all kids need to feel safe, loved and cared for. They need to know that they can count on someone. They need to have a personal connection with a person that will encourage them to know and understand, that all things are possible. Ncompass allows each and every one of us to be that person for the children.”
Sponsors are paving the way for children to access top-notch education. Through the PasFome Network of schools (18 schools in Haiti that we partner with), students learn under the Mwen Kapab (I Can!) curriculum, which reinforces the idea that they can learn, they can dream, they canachieve. Students who are sponsored through Ncompass are taught by trained teachers, they are receiving a nutritious meal
each day to help their brains stay focused and engaged, and they are hearing the gospel message of God’s love and hope for them.
And all of this is impacting their education. Students are passing their national exams at a nationally high rate. And while studies show that less than 10% of the nation’s adults have graduated high school, students within the school network we’re supporting are graduating at a rate of 95%
Robin says: “To see students graduate from high school, there is no better feeling in your heart to know that we make this possible for these kids. Now we are starting to see the change that will happen if we can keep this momentum up and set our goals higher -- educating more and more children in Haiti. They will be the change that makes a difference in their country.”
We’re so grateful for Robin, and all of our faithful education sponsors who are giving students an opportunity to learn, grow and eventually lead their country.
Will you join us in supporting the education of 30 more students this year and changing their future?
We have the opportunity to change this!
FAITHFULLY PURSING THE
DREAM OF AN EDUCATION
When Ncompass first got involved in the lives of the children at the Maranatha House Orphanage in Titanyen, Haiti, our primary objective was to keep the children alive. Living conditions were already tough in Haiti, and the
opportunity to obtain an education and be successful were
We knew that 40% of children in Haiti never have the opportunity to attend school. And fewer than 10% will ever graduate high school. We knew the odds in front of these children, yet we pursued education for them anyway. Never could we have imagined seven years ago, how much success the children would have, and how great an impact education would have on the community of Titanyen.
Over the years, we’ve increased the care we’re providing for the children at the Maranatha House and its Transitions Program. We are now able to holistically support their social, emotional, physical, spiritual and educational needs. And we’re proud of the impact this is having in their individual lives. Education has made them problem solvers, they’ve become engaged
members of their communities, and they are entering trade programs and college -- preparing for their futures.
While we remain committed these children - we’ve been feeling called to do
more for those who live outside the orphanage. Ncompass is now expanding
its impact to advance education access to more and more children. We are
partnering with quality, Christ-centered, Haitian ran schools, and empowering them with funding and resources to do what they do best - which is educate students. Because we know that as more and more children -- and eventually all children, have access to quality education, more and more students become graduates. In fact, the network of schools we are partnering with is graduating students at a rate of 95%! As more students become graduates, we know that more graduates will be entering and creating the work force. And eventually - these same educated adults will be having their own families and will be able to provide the education for their children themselves!
Together, we can see a nation educated!
Together, we can see a nation transformed!
We want to provide 50 more students with an education sponsor
this year! Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this way?
THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION
DANIELO CHERY: Class of 2018
June 21, 2018 was a day to remember for Danielo Chery! He was the first in his family to graduate high school!
That day - he, along with 200 other students moved their tassels from one side of their mortar board to the other - signifying the hard-earned, incredible accomplishment of a high school diploma! “This is the best day of my life, I’ll never forget this day!” Danielo proclaimed as he hopped into the truck to
head to his graduation party. Similar to someone winning the lottery - he knew that his future had been forever changed because of this achievement. Later that evening, when reminiscing on what this means for him, he shared his heart. “I came from nothing! But Ncompass, my sponsors, my parents, and God - you guys never gave up on me! I get to go to college and chase my dreams because you believed in me!”
Danielo achieved a secondary accomplishment post graduation, by passing his National Exam on his first try. Historically, only around a third of students pass on the first round. This allowed him to apply earlier to college, and ultimately be accepted to Université Américaine des Sciences Modernes d'Haïti, where he’s studying Computer Science. We’re so proud of Danielo - and so grateful for the education sponsors and partners who helped get him here!
WIDELINE AMAZEAU: Class of 2017
Wideline Amazeau had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. In 2010, she saw the extreme lack of medical care that existed after the earthquake. It burned in her heart the desire to meet that need when she grew up. Because she was supported by an education sponsor, she was able to graduate high school in 2017. During her gap year, she also finished up a cooking school trade program, while she was applying
This summer, we rejoiced with her when she got her letter saying she had been accepted at the University of Notre Dame’s Haitian campus to study nursing.
A dream come true!
In mid October, Wideline officially began her college career, and is loving
every minute of it. She’s proud to have the ability to bury her nose in a medical text book. She’s excited to work with her peers to learn the fascinating functions of the human body. She’s thrilled to know that her future has so much potential - and grateful to our partners who helped make her future possible.
CIARA ALEXIS: Class of 2028
Ciara is a fourth grader at Ecole Myositis de Titanyen school. She lives with her mom and dad, brother and two sisters. She loves school and works hard to do her best. She’s said that during the first few years of elementary school, the subjects came easily to her. Now school is a bit more challenging, but she is up for it because school is special to her. She understands that not everyone gets this kind of opportunity. She realizes that in a family her size, (four kids) statistics would say that only one of her siblings will make it to secondary school. But she wants to fight those odds. Ciara loves school. She loves spending time with her friends, and teachers who she looks up to. “When I finish high school (notice she said when - not if), I would like to become a business administrator. I strongly believe that school is the best way to get on top and
CARL BENCHY AUGUSTINE: Class of 2023
Carl is one of the lucky ones. As a ninth grader living in Titanyen, he knows that his ability to be in school, let alone in 9th grade, is unique. Odds are that only 1 in 5 kids will make it this far in their education. Knowing this, Carl is faithfully pursuing his education. He’s also lucky to have the kind of staff and administration at his school who notice when he’s slipping in his studies. They care about him and pull him aside to motivate and encourage him to be who he was created to be! And for him, his dream is to be a police officer, to serve his community. And he is already doing that in his school. Carl stands out for motivating his classmates and friends to work hard and chase their own dreams of an education.
GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION
Below are just some of the stories of children in our partner schools who are still in need of a sponsor.
Miolsenda Joradin has quite the smile and loves to play
hide and seek with her friends, along with her brother
and sister. Her mom is a vendor - which means she sells
items at the market, and her dad is a day laborer. Someday,
she wants to be a cook and feed people delicious food. She
recently turned 9 and is already loving the challenge of
Phednael Sylvai will turn 4 years old on Christmas eve.
She has two sisters and abrother. Her mother is a cook,
and her dad is a driver. As most young girls do - she loves
skipping rope! She also likes learning about geography, and
wants to be a nurse when she grows up.
“…but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.” Jeremiah 7:23 New International Version (NIV)
Sometimes it's easy to see when God answers prayers because it is largely independent of us. Whatever the situation we are praying for, does not rely on us to be obedient in any form other than talking to God. But what often happens when God is asking us to be his tools, we end up being too deaf, busy, or stubborn to listen.
Have you ever noticed the more you do something or utilize something the more you notice when it is missing or when other people share that? Much like when you get a new car and suddenly you notice everyone driving that same car. Or you name your child and think you are super unique (but not so much that they get teased just enough to make it hard to find their name in specialty stores) and then there are 20 people you meet with the same name! Prayer and obedience to God’s answers are the same way. The more you seek or utilize them the easier it is to identify. I would like to share with you something that happened recently.
As we prepared for our annual fundraising dinner, (huge success to be praised later) Katie had told me, in her kind and unassuming way, that basically I was supposed to invite someone to the dinner that God told me to. And she would not let it go. Well, I had asked several people that had come to mind as "partners" but it never stuck. So I started praying. For two weeks I prayed daily about this person I was supposed to invite to this dinner. And for two weeks God told me the same person. And I balked. "Surely not her God, I barely know her." This woman is a beautiful soul but I had met her at a very detrimental time in my life and a point at which I had started to learn to say no to things that were counterproductive to my mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. So opening that door again felt scary. But guess what? God got sick of my disobedience. The woman texted me out of nowhere saying she had felt led to reach out to me! And thank God she did! This woman was actually the answer to several prayers we had been praying for, and we are so thankful that she was obedient when I wasn't.
Is there a time you can think of that you were being nudged and didn't obey? How about one where you did. Maybe this month while thinking of all we are thankful for we spend a little extra time listening for God's whispering nudging before it has to turn into a swat on the rump.
Thank you for your continued prayer support.
God hears you.
I don't know how many of you out there are parents but I have three boys. Somewhere along the line they have decided that they like to ask me questions simply to tell me my answer is wrong. Granted, it's very rarely wrong, but somewhere deep down inside I'm thankful that I have inquisitive children. I know that it will keep them on their toes as they grow.
The problem is when I give them the answer and they decide they don't like it they go about their own way or pretend they didn't even hear me. More than being frustrated that they didn't listen to my answer -- it's REALLY frustrating that they asked me in the first place if they weren't going to listen! Suddenly, it struck me how often do we do that to God? How often do we say "God I need you" and simply not rely on His answer? Apparently, a lot because I found countless verses in the Bible talking about heeding God's word. How many times does God wish He could say "I told you so"? Thankfully a lot less than me I'm sure. But ultimately just like I know what answer my kids are looking for when they ask me, God knows exactly what we're asking for more than that He knows exactly what we need.
1st John 5:15 reminds us of that:
"And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."
We received a $10,000 matching grant from Mission Increase Foundation- to match new, monthly recurring gifts! This is so exciting as we know it signifies growth to have received this grant but is also giving us the opportunity to build up our infrastructure.
We had 14 village students’ education sponsored this last month!
Three of the young men in our Transitions Program started Trade School for Computer Science! They are doing well and loving it!
As we go into the week of our annual dinner will you pray with me that the speakers hear the exact words that God needs to speak into the people at the dinner? Will you also pray that those words fall upon open and obedient hearts? Pray that we do not limit those who are there, by what we say or do, but instead glorify God's work through us.
We’ve been making some incredible connections for future partnerships with churches and businesses. Please pray that they continue to flourish.
Our two high school graduates from the Maranatha House - Danielo and Wideline both start college in the next few weeks. Pray for their success, and that intellectual growth will bloom!
Pray with us that God would open the right doors to support 100 more students education this year.
Thank you for your continued prayer support.
God hears you.
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” -- Romans 5:3-4
I bet you are all wondering "where is my prayer email???" Just kidding you probably didn't notice. But man oh man was it a tough one. I have spent many nights and early mornings these last 6 weeks praying, crying, and worrying. And as I was preparing my kids for picture day (hoping that their hair would stay — even though they never brush it normally) just as we split for the door my middle minion breaks - beyond repair, , a special, one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable ornament!
You see, we all face many challenges. As I have been pouring over the prayer requests trying to distract myself from my day-to-day hurts, loss of a family unit, sickness, loss of water etc, I forgot that by embracing my suffering I am robbing myself of the benefit of the hope and character I could be building in myself and modeling to my children.
I think of our precious Maranatha House and the stories they have as they process through the suffering they’ve experienced — and I rejoice in the Hope that Haiti has.
Thank you for your continued prayer support.
God hears you.
Roseberty, along with her peers, have seen this type of kindness modeled by the staff at Maranatha House and the entire Ncompass community for years. Its no wonder she wants to grow up and gain wisdom so that she can use it to benefit others too!
Sponsors are providing incredible education for these children - AND you are modeling what it means to be generous. THANK YOU!
Learn more about our Education Program, and find out how you can support a child's opportunity to learn, dream, and succeed.
Can you feel the buzz in the air?
The back-to-school buzz?
I remember when I was a kid that this was always my favorite time of year. Even more so than the Christmas season!
I loved getting new crayons and colored pencils.
The feel of a new back pack brought a tremendous amount of confidence.
Knowing that I would soon be seeing my friends 5 days a week filled me with a thrill.
The back-to-school buzz we're all feeling right now is not much different in Haiti.
Just like here, many children are gearing up to head back to school in a little under a month.
But unlike in the United States, public education isn't available for all children.
90% of primary schools are non-public and managed by communities, religious organizations or NGOs (USAID 2007). Even so, only 50 percent of children currently attend school. (World Bank 2013).
We've seen the incredible power education has played in the lives of the youth we work with at the Maranatha House and its Transitions Program. We've shed tears of joy with Danielo and Wideline as they joined privileged few with a high school diploma. We've had the privilege to see over 90 other students in the village of Titanyen go to school because of the support of our Ncompass community.
And we cannot NOT do something to help offset this outrageous statistic.
This year - in addition to maintaining support of the youth we already serve, we want to extend our outreach by providing education for 100 more students in Titanyen at Ecole Myosotis (Myosotis School).
Here are three ways you can help us have an even greater impact in Titanyen.
Katie Matheny, Ncompass Executive Director
If you've ever been to Haiti, you will remember how rough the roads are: potholes, worn pavement and debris, all do a number on a car, most especially the tires.
While having good tires all the time can be costly (around $600/yr), it is vitally important. Proper tread is needed to drive when roads get slick from hard rains and oil leaks.
So it may come as no surprise that when the time comes to replace tires on the orphanage vehicle - it is a top priority.
It may also not come as a suprise that the kids at the Maranatha House are not slowing down at growing up. Many of them are expressing interest in reaching the milestone of learning how to drive. They want to experience the freedom that comes from being behind the wheel. They want to explore their community and country. They want an opportunity to drive themselves to future jobs.
Our Orphanage Director, Melchi Chery, has been teaching some of the older kids how to drive. But he's not just focused on teaching how to drive the vehicle, but also how to care for it.
"When you drive in Haiti - you can't just learn how to drive. You have to learn how to care for the vehicle too! You can't take it to a mechanic for everything. You have to learn how to take care of it yourself."
They have learned how to check fluid levels, check tire pressure and tread. Skills that can be cost savings in the future when they are driving so they can identify and fix simple problems before they require a mechanic. This knowledge also benefits each of them in other ways - teaching many forms of responsibility.
Last week, our Xterra's tires were replaced. And Melchi used this opportunity to teach the kids how to change a tire.
While we may feel a bit sad that these kids are growing up so fast that they are nearly drivers... we are more than excited for their BRIGHT futures!
Do you remember a time when you had something wonderful laid out and it didn’t go according to plan... but it went better? I feel like this month has been full of reminders of us making plans and God adjusting them to fit His will.
We had people praying daily for the open sponsorship spot and God showed up in a big way - right before we left for Haiti! Just 24 hours prior to boarding a plane to head to Haiti - we received a message from a donor asking to fill all remaining sponsorship spots for the kids at the Maranatha House.
Every. Single. One!
What this means is that we not only will be able to sustainably continue to offer the same amazing services for these children, but we can improve on what we already have and expand our outreach further.
We thought we would record the kids' reaction when we told them about this well-fought victory... and let me tell you...it was anticlimactic. It wasn't until 2 days later that I realized how valuable it was that they hadn't realized the impact and implication of it. These kids know that they are going to be cared for, just like our own sons and daughters know and trust that of us. Because of people like you, we can breathe easy knowing that they will have a place to live, they will eat, have shoes, exceptional care, AND receive a top education.
While the initial reaction may not have been as dramatic as we had hoped, the kids were still excited to celebrate with us once we popped some sparkling cider!
The week in Haiti was full of highlights and praises happening every day. The first day we got to give a special gift to Danielo that his sponsors got for him. It was exactly what he had asked for, a camera. We learned in the days to come that photography can become a lucrative opportunity for him. He was both humble, excited, and grateful for the opportunity to be sponsored through school. He will be attending college in the fall where he’ll study computer networking and videography.
Friday we attended Danielo's graduation and then witnessed him at his own party serve his guests with such an open heart.
Saturday we spent time washing the feet of the children and staff. They really took it to heart. And without prompting, took action and began washing each other’s feet. We talked a lot about serving, and how even serving someone we may have a hard time loving, can change our hearts towards Christ.
We had 3 of our kids named “Top of the Class,” --a huge accomplishment! So we treated them to ice cream and to the beautiful beach for some swimming. They were very proud of their achievements and excited to celebrate! That night while the rain poured down around us, we ate popcorn while kids watched a movie on a laptop and enjoyed the time together. Watching this take place felt like a realization of 7 years of Ncompass family prayers culminating.
It was very clear that every step and every meeting of this trip was ordained exactly the way it was supposed to happen. We had big accomplishments, big dreams, and big encouragements.
We couldn't have done it without you faithful prayers and support! THANK YOU!
With much love and Prayers,
Author: Alicia French
Alicia is Ncompass's faithful Prayer Coordinator. If you're interested in becoming a prayer warrior, CLICK HERE.
The Ncompass family has been supporting the incredible children of the Maranatha House Orphanage since 2011. Each one has their own unique story, and we believe that God is using their experiences, skills, & passions, along with their mentors, teachers, role models, & sponsors to develop their stories into ones that will influence and change their families, community, and country!
These are kids we want to stand with!
Just a few months ago, it was announced that our sponsorship program would be expanding to provide more support and services to these youth. Each child at the Maranatha House would need 6 sponsors, and those in Transitions would need 7, each providing $35 monthly to meet the financial need connected with these important services.
Collectively, we knew that in order for these kids to THRIVE, these things were a must. It has been such an incredible time watching so many people step into the lives of these children. For some of you, you've been wanting to do it for a while and the timing was right. For others - this was a sacrifice that you felt would grow your faith. Or for others, you have met these children on a trip, and understand the value that this program expansion will provide for them.
No matter the reason, the result is transformational! For the child of course, but for the sponsor as well! You are taking part in developing a future leader to reach their full potential and influence others for good. THANK YOU!
And the momentum is continuing to grow! Last week, our Prayer Coordinator, Alicia, committed to praying one minute for every sponsorship spot still needed for every child in our program. She is praying over the current and future sponsors for these kids, that they would hear the Lord's calling for them to join this child's story, and that this would impact their lives too. She is also praying for the child themselves, that God would prepare and reveal to them their future and His plans for them. And the Lord has been answering her prayers! In just a matter of days since she started praying, 21 sponsorship spots were claimed!
As of today, we are 94% of the way toward having ALL of the children FULLY SPONSORED. As Ncompass continues to deepen its relationship with Haiti, it becomes more and more vital that we can sustainably take care of the children who were first placed in our care before expanding to help more. As a community, we stand with these children and with Haiti, and believe we will reach our goal of completely sponsoring all of our children by the end of June. This will create time for the fruit of these services to take root during the summer and jump start these kids for school in the fall. Additionally, it will allow for the furthering of our village education program in the months to come.
Here are the 8 youth who need some level of sponsorship. As a collective group of individuals who have big dreams, yet who are willing to be faithful over the small things, I'm inviting you to take the next step that is right for you.
Will you PRAY?
Would you join Alicia, and pray daily for 1 or 2 of the remaining youth until they become fully sponsored? You can use the slides above, or visit these links to have the most current status of sponsorships for these children.
The Maranatha House Orphanage
The Transitions Program
We'd also like to invite you to join our prayer group.
Will you SHARE?
As someone who already is invested and involved, could you share your own story of why these children matter to you, with someone who shares your same values, and ask them to join you in this opportunity to invest in the future of Haiti?
Will you SPONSOR?
There are 8 youth who need some level of sponsorship. Will you consider becoming a sponsor and covering one or more sponsorship spots? $35 a month provides resources and support for these children, but also the hope that someone on the other side of the world cares for them and understands their value.
Thank you for your continued support for these children. The future is bright, and knowing that these kids will be well taken care of well creates so much hope for the future!
Ncompass is striving to become a leader in impacting and building up today’s youth for the Kingdom of God. We are committed to taking a bold, innovative and strategic business approach to inspire global action.