Village of Hope
Lazarus Project Sponsorships
The 2021 sponsorship renewal time is here for the students at Village of Hope School in Haiti.
The cost to sponsor one child is still $480 a year. This can be paid annually, quarterly, or monthly at $40 a month. Another option is for two or three people to share a sponsorship of a child.
Checks should be made out to University Lutheran Church and put in your offering envelope with the notation “Lazarus Project” on the special gift line and also on the memo line of your check. Checks should be mailed to either the church or to Jim Yale. Your contribution will be reflected on your UELC statement of giving.
Sponsorships enable the Village of Hope to provide each child with a Christian education, uniforms, two meals each school day, and dental and medical care.
For additional information contact Janet Janke,
Lazarus Project Coordinator at University Lutheran Church, at email@example.com or 372-8610.
STEM Program at Village of Hope
This article is from their March newsletter.
A Professional Development program for VOH science and math teachers will be presented virtually on March 30th. Developed at the request of Principal Clovis Elias, the program will show VOH teachers how to use hands on experiments to reinforce theories taught in the nationally mandated Earth and Life Sciences curriculum, which is the academic course of study for VOH secondary school students
Parents of VOH students have been asking Principal Clovis to develop education programs that will prepare students for productive careers but will also encourage them to remain in the Ganthier area. Most VOH students and their families live in the valley below the school where the soil is fertile and potentially very productive. Therefore, the science experiments demonstrated will use subjects related to agriculture.
Clovis’ goal is to excite VOH students about careers in agriculture, by demonstrating how science, technology, engineering, and math can be applied to rebuild the agriculture industry in the Ganthier valley.
First, however, teachers themselves must be comfortable with hands-on experimentation as an instructional method. The program is being planned by faculty from Purdue University College of Agriculture and will be taught by high school agriculture teachers from Indiana, sharing the same techniques and demonstrations they use with their own high school students. Soil and water testing, and cell division are the first topics to be covered.
Principal Clovis intends to expand these experimentation methods to other grades and topics in the future. The VOH science lab already has microscopes and most other equipment to support the instruction. A Purdue delegation first visited the VOH campus in 2018 to being planning such a program, but political unrest – and now Covid restrictions – have prevented in-person presentation. Thanks to the computer center and strong internet connection now available on campus, a virtual program is possible and will be used until we can return to in-person visits to campus.