Solar Now Powers Computer Lab
Solar Now Powers Computer Lab!
Thanks to three Virginia Rotary Clubs Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and Christiansburg-Blacksburg, our computer lab is now solar-powered! When the computer lab project was first identified as a need, power to the school was more or less reliable, but by the time the lab was ready for operation, the reliability was no longer there. In order to ensure that the children could continue to learn despite frequent power interruptions, a better solution was needed. One resource Haiti has in abundance is sunshine, making solar the logical choice to solve this problem. A collaborative effort across three clubs from the same area of the state ensured that this need would be met. Rotary has also be instrumental in providing books to our school on multiple occasions. Our sincere thanks to the members of all three organizations for their faithful support of education in Haiti.
Hazel Creek Baptist Fundraiser
Hazel Creek Baptist Raises over $800 for Ecole Philadelphia
Led by the BMW, for Baptist Middle Women, the members of Hazel Creek Baptist Church in Mt. Airy, Georgia made a big impact on Ecole Philadelphia, one penny at a time. Using mason jars to collect change and small bills over a six-week period, the church raised $861.27 to support the teacher salary fund at our school. On Sunday September 24, EP fundraiser Steve Skripak was invited to speak and accept the donation by Jenny Thacker, a long-time member and family friend. Pastor Trent Smith then led a prayer for the funds to make a positive difference in Haiti, and the women posed for a picture with their jars.
When the funds were delivered to the bank, the tellers were wide-eyed as they debated who would get the chance to run the change machine. The pennies alone filled two bank bags completely! Through this generous donation, Hazel Creek Baptist has made possible the education of four Haitian children this year. Our sincere thanks to the BMW, Pastor Smith, Jenny, and all the members of Hazel Creek!