As of 2015, Haiti had a 60.7% literacy rate, meaning that 39.3% of the total population, age 15 and over, cannot read or write. Shockingly, 59% of all Haitians live on less than $2.00 per day. Passion Rescue Mission is dedicated to improving Haiti’s under developed educational system and breaking the grip of extreme generational poverty though the Genecoit Vertus School of Excellence. Pastor Genecoit Vertus originally founded this rare tuition-free school but shut down in 2001 after his passing, leaving many students without access to education. In 2009, his son Pastor Genese (Gene) was able to re-open the school as a way to honor his father’s lifelong missionary work and willingness to give back. Today, the school is educating over 225 students completely tuition-free, with over 250 students on the waiting list. Our 12 dedicated teachers and school principal have a daily mission to enhance the lives of their students through learning and to equip them for life outside of their village. We know and believe that a child’s education is the one thing that can never be taken away from them. Because of the support of so many, we have graduated over 200 students and continue to be a beacon of hope to this often-forgotten rural area.
By supporting the Genecoit Vertus School of Excellence on a monthly basis, you will be giving those children living in these rural communities the foundation they need to help them break free from poverty. Often in these communities, the cost of uniforms and the tuition charged by government schools prohibits children from attending adding to the already alarming literacy problem in Haiti. Educating children is these communities is the first step to breaking generational poverty and ushering in change. Through our tuition-free education, we see children having hope again and confidence in all God’s promises to them. By unlocking the potential of our students through education, The Genecoit Vertus School of Excellence is confident that communities in this area will begin to see positive social and economic impacts.