STEP ONE: THRIVING COMMUNITIES: COMMUNITY EDUCATION
"Education is the one thing that no one can take away from you." (B.B. King)
The next step towards sustainability is to create opportunities for a community to thrive. The Community Health programs are crucial for the community's survival. But these programs, children and adult education opportunities, are designed to support the community in its rise to sustainability. So no matter how turbulent local government or nature becomes, they have stepping stones on which to build a future.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
HEART FOR CHILDREN: The Heart for Children program (also known by its name by the same meaning in Haitian Creole, Kè Pou Timoun) is all about - sharing our hearts and the love of Jesus with at-risk children in our community.
The Heart for Children program is made up of three sub-programs: the LiveBeyond School, Johnny's Kids, and Child Nutrition.
LIVEBEYOND SCHOOL: Education standards in Haiti are abysmal. Close to 60% of children drop out before they finish primary school. Schools are understaffed, under-equipped, and often unqualified to provide education services to children.
At LiveBeyond we realize that another average Haitian school is insufficient to act as an agent of change within the education system in Haiti. We have hired highly qualified teachers to teach in large, comfortable classrooms with student to teacher ratios that do not exceed 16:1. The students study in Haitian Creole, French, and English. We use the best curriculum plan available. We believe that the children who attend our school will be the future leaders of not just Thomazeau, but all of Haiti. We can't continue this work without your support. Sponsor a child in the LiveBeyond school and change the life of a child in Haiti forever. And for those who are not attending our school but are still monitored by LiveBeyond, we offer an after-school program so that these students can receive extra tutoring, English instruction, nutritional support, and love.
JOHNNY'S KIDS: In Haiti, children with disabilities are often treated as outcasts. Whether it’s a physical or mental disability, individuals with special needs are neglected by their families, bullied by the community, and excluded from social activities. The Johnny's Kids program exists to care for the “forgotten ones" as a way to show them Jesus Christ’s abounding love for them. It's our mission to show the community that "none are worthless," especially in the eyes of God.
Children enrolled in Johnny’s Kids receive physical and occupational therapy, education, nutritious meals, and play therapy from our staff and mission teams. "Johnny's House" is a facility that will serve as a learning and therapy center for kids with disabilities. Through this program, we hope these children are better cared for and loved by their family and community.
You can transform the life of a child with disabilities. Sponsor a child in the Johnny's Kids program.
The Heart Beyond Johnny's Kids: Individuals with disabilities in Thomazeau, Haiti, are very near and dear to the heart of Laurie Vanderpool, co-founder of LiveBeyond. Her brother, John Mark “Johnny” Stallings, was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Despite having a disability, Johnny was described as, “a champion in heart, in spirit, and in character.” He always had a smile on his face and touched the lives of everyone that he came into contact with during his 46 years of life.
Johnny’s legacy continues to live on every day in Haiti. A group of children with various types of disabilities in Thomazeau is lovingly known as “Johnny’s Kids.” They receive nutritional support, physical and occupational therapy, education, and friendship. Although many of these kids have been labeled as outcasts in society, we believe and know that each of these kids can make a difference in the world just like Johnny did.