Education is Key

Education is Key

Imagine what it would be like if you and your children lived in a community that didn’t have any schools to provide hope through education. Take a moment and think of how different your life would be.

In developing countries around the world, this is reality for 90% of children with disabilities.

Education is a given for us whereas, in impoverished nations, a horrendous gap remains. This perpetuates poverty, health problems and closes doors to any possibility.

Education is a key factor in development work. It is no different when the development work targets disability.

Education is integral in the work of Christian Horizons Global; from adult literacy to special needs education for children—and many points in between—we are working to help people create communities of belonging for people with exceptional needs.

In Haiti, it is even more tragic. Not only are 90% of children with disabilities unable to get to school, 80% of all children will not make it past the sixth grade.

The cycle of poverty and dependence continues as aid organizations continue to offer handouts, while education remains corrupt at worst and evasive at best. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul shares the following prayer: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21, NIV)

God is able to do more than we can imagine. As followers of Christ, we are trying to make education a reality for each of the millions of Haitians and the 90% of children that live with disabilities in the developing world.

In the last 25 years, almost 100 new special needs schools have been created as a result of our work around the world. It’s a step in the right direction.

Thank you for taking some time to read this edition of Global Echoes. We hope it encourages you to see how God is working around the world to help people with exceptional needs belong and be able to share the gifts that He has given them.