Building the first-ever community center for the impoverished community of Vernet, Haiti will provide a learning and recreational environment that helps change lives.
The community of Vernet is an urban community located just outside the city of Les Cayes in the southern region of Haiti. It’s home to approximately 3,000 people living in extreme poverty. Many children in the area are trapped in a form of domestic slavery called restavek, including some children in our program. Forward Edge is partnering with the people of Vernet to provide holistic, child-focused community development, focusing on five major program areas:
- Health & Wellness
- Economic Development
This 1/3-acre community center – the first of its kind in the area – will include a meeting area, an athletic field, and a multipurpose sports court, providing children and adults with new opportunities to grow spiritually, physically, socially and intellectually. The center will be the new home for our Kids Club program, which is currently serving over 100 kids a week, and will also be a place for parents and other youth and families within the community to grow and thrive. Here are some of the activities this facility will provide:
- Daily tutoring and discipleship for children
- Regular Christian entertainment for all the churches in the area (i.e. plays, concerts, etc.)
- Weekly feeding program for Kids Club
- Quarterly community health clinics
- Conferences and trainings for teachers, pastors, parents, etc.
- Sporting events
Providing a safe place for children and families in Vernet to get equipped, encouraged and empowered will cultivate change for a community in desperate need.
Vernet Community Center Building Costs
Building Materials $35,865
Doors and Windows $1,294
PROJECT TOTAL $109,955