For More Information: Betsy Ezell, 608.442.6336, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Business Owners Making a Difference for 1,700 Children in Haiti
Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2018) — What started in 2006 with one school, one teacher and twelve children, has now become a network of schools in Haiti that serve 1,700 Haitian children in eight schools and one preschool. Local business owners Doug and Lois Fearing, of Fearing’s Audio Video Security, became involved with Schools for Haiti in 2010 and, in addition to supporting individual children through child sponsorships, host the Schools for Haiti Gala annually to raise funds for the non-profit.
The fifth annual Schools for Haiti Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2018. The Gala will be held at Madison Marriott West and feature Lea Culver of Culver Franchising System who will speak about her recent trip to Haiti to see the schools for herself.
Schools for Haiti is a non profit 501(c)3 organization that provides safe and nurturing educational environments for the youth of Haiti offering them the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and values so they can flourish and grow. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The literacy rate is only 61% and 85% of all education in Haiti is performed by Christian and other non-profit organizations.
Schools for Haiti operates schools in and around the city of Montrouis, (pronounced Mo-wee) which is 57km north of Port-au-Prince. The schools provide a quality Haitian education, a daily nutritious meal, and school uniforms to each child. They also employee 159 staff, helping to strengthen the local economy.
Funds raised through the 2017 Schools for Haiti Gala were used to support the daily operation of the schools and add solar power at two of the schools. The solar panels made it possible to have lights and ceiling fans in every classroom. Electricity also allows for the schools to be used for classes at night.
“Becoming involved with Schools for Haiti was an opportunity God just placed in our hearts,” said Doug Fearing. “When Lois and I visited for ourselves and saw the need, we had to get involved. By providing an education to the children of Haiti, we firmly believe it will change the future of the country. Who knows, the next Nelson Mandela or president of Haiti could be a student in one of the schools right now!”
Tickets for the Gala can be purchased online at www.fearings.com. RSVPs needed by May 8th. If you are a business and would like to learn more about sponsorships, please contact Lois Fearing at 608-443-2595.
About Schools for Haiti:
Schools for Haiti is a nonprofit that operates and funds nine schools in Haiti, the third poorest nation in the world. Schools for Haiti educates over 1,700 students in seven primary schools, one kindergarten and one high school, with an average passing grade of 91.78%, along with providing nutritious meals and school clothes. The schools have only Haitian staff, with 159 positions filled by local residents, adding greatly to the local economy. Gil and Bonnie Bailie from Florida, and Daniel, who grew up in an orphanage in Haiti and was in the States at the time learning to operate a water drilling rig, started Schools for Haiti in 2006. The first school had 12 students. The organization has grown tremendously, with Doug Fearing of Fearing’s Audio Video Security joining the Board of Directors in 2014.
About Fearing’s Audio Video Security:
Fearing’s Audio Video Security is a Wisconsin-based and family owned business, with offices in Madison and Milwaukee. Fearing’s is a design-build low voltage systems integrator with core disciplines in audio, video, security, and voice/data/fiber cabling systems serving the commercial and residential marketplace in the Upper Midwest for 20 years.
Fearing’s vision is to make a difference for “our customers, our communities, and our world”. The company supports many local organizations and is deeply committed to Schools for Haiti, a nonprofit which provides education for hundreds of children in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.