A new Covenant Day School relief project for orphans in Haiti has reached the six-week mark and is progressing well, according to the projects leader. The goal is to develop a sustainable food production system near the Matthews school. About 20 Covenant Day students and some teachers began the project last month.
The food production system involves growing vegetables and fish to feed orphans at El Shaddai Ministries in Haiti. The ministry operates 29 schools with more than 6,000 students, and 10 childrens homes that serve 1,400 orphans. Covenant Day has participated in mission trips to Haiti for the past five years, most recently in February. But a limited number of people can go to Haiti on one trip. Clifford Chin, Bible teacher and Haiti coordinator at the school, says the project promotes more hands-on help.
We have pretty much completed the site work and installed a greenhouse at the school, Chin said last week. We are beginning the initial installation of a small prototype system this week and hope to have it up and running by the end of the month.
It has been encouraging to see how our students are excited about the project and plan to be involved with it this coming school year!
Chin said students will use the project as a self-study course and be responsible for research, marketing, and development and site design. The group hopes to take an initial design to the ministry in Haiti on a mission trip late this year, meaning the school would first have to see success in its own system. If its successful, they hope to institute a smaller version in Haiti by next year, and the plan is to give the food grown here to another area ministry, perhaps the Matthews HELP Center or the Matthew Community Farmers Market.