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Thanksgiving Thankfulness

A Thanksgiving Update!

Thanksgiving is not necessarily a time of greater gratitude for the beauty and richness of life, but rather a season in which my awareness of that gratitude is able to widen and deepen. The holidays set the stage for me to slow down and dwell in the gratitude. Many of the things I am most grateful for are tied up into The 610 Project and so I wanted to share a few of those things with you today. 

1. Growth

This fall our Haitian partners at Haitian American Caucus added 8 new classrooms to their campus, allowing the addition of a lunchroom, 10th grade curriculum, and an overall enrollment of 550 students at Ecole Shalom. This is up by over 100 students from last year. Your support continues to make education accessible to children in Haiti as it has never been before. Thank you.

2. Progress

In October, we received the initial renderings for our future school and guest house in Les Cayes! I can’t fully explain what my heart felt when I opened the email attachment and saw the plans in black and white on the screen. This is huge progress! It wouldn’t be possible without the work of Third Lens Ministries and Bailey-Harris Construction. We are so grateful to be partnering with them them both to educate a generation and break the cycle of poverty.

3. Grants for Education

Granted (see what I did there?), this is very practical, but grants assist in much of the work we do. Thanks to Florence Rotary Club District grants, we’ve been able to accomplish some cool educational initiatives. It was a Rotary grant, along with support from Balfour Yearbooks, which allowed us to bring HAC students their first yearbook experience last Spring, complete with professionally photographed (and printed) yearbook pictures for all students and a student-led yearbook staff. 

This year another Rotary grant is helping bring music education to our students...We’re starting a concert band at Ecole Shalom! Local support for this program has already been overwhelming. Donations have come in from Muscle Shoals High School, the University of North Alabama Pride of Dixie Band, Miss UNA, Alabama Music, Counts Brothers Music, and various individuals who understand and have experienced the power of music education in a child’s life. 

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Because I am deeply passionate about Haiti, education, and The 610 Project’s work, I could type for days about all this! There will always be more to share, more to be grateful for, but for now this glimpse in will have to do. I welcome any questions you guys may be left with though! Shoot them my way at info@the610project.org.

I thank each of you for joining us in our journey to educate a generation and break the cycle of poverty. More than donors, you are supporters, fellow dreamers and difference-makers, and friends.

Thank you. Mesi.

-mdb