Making a Difference: Schools for Haiti
Background on Schools for Haiti
Fearing’s has a long-standing interest in the nation of Haiti. Fearing’s owners Lois and Doug Fearing, through a relationship with a Portage missionary, made their first trip to Haiti in February 2010, just over a month after the earthquake.
One thing led to another and in 2014 they were connected with Schools for Haiti, a 501(c)3 located in Tampa Bay, Florida. Doug now serves on this organization’s board of directors.
Since 2014, Schools for Haiti has grown from 3 schools with 300 students to 12 schools with nearly 2000 students. One of these schools is even named the Wisconsin School. Please keep reading to learn how the Wisconsin School is progressing.
Update From the Founders – Schools for Haiti
"This is probably the best built building in Haiti. It will withstand a 200 mile an hour hurricane. It is 6,500 square feet on each floor. We are getting ready to pour the second floor. We have built a massive septic system to support the entire project and a water management system to move ground water to the ocean.
We will be ready to install the solar system in the first week of January. The guys that donated the system have worked hard to get the best system and even got the solar company to send their installers to install it. They are only available to install it the first week in January. Your current Wisconsin school is going to move in the first floor mid-October barring no problems and stay there til June."
How You Can Help
Please join us for our Schools for Haiti 6th Annual Fundraising Gala on April 27th to support a brighter future for children in Haiti while enjoying an evening of fellowship and philanthropy.
The Gala includes dinner, silent & live auction, great presentations on Haiti, and live music.
Today, Schools for Haiti educates over 1,700 students in 10 schools and provides nutritious daily meals and school cloths. We also employ a staff of 159 which are entirely Haitian, greatly contributing to the local economy.
5:00 p.m. Networking & Silent Auction
6:30 p.m. Welcome & Dinner
7:30 p.m. Program featuring Brandon Williams, former All-Big10 Badger & NFL Wide Receiver.
Through Schools for Haiti, children in the poorest nation in our hemisphere are given an education, a uniform, a daily meal and most importantly, hope! That is why we are personally dedicated and passionate about this cause.
We would love to see you there. Reserve tickets now!
If you are not familiar with Schools for Haiti, it now supports approximately 1,800 children in ten schools and a kindergarten with plans to reach many more. A significant number of these children live in make-shift houses and come to school hungry each day. Their mission addresses their most vital needs and provides hope for a better future.
Through a silent and live auction, sponsorships and donations, our 2019 Schools for Haiti Gala raised roughly $210,000! During the live ‘Hearts for Haiti’ auction, attendees sponsored/donated for the construction of a new K-12 Campus and specifically met the needs for:
- Solar Power System
- 30 KW Generator
- Computer lab
- Science lab
- Books for a year
- 8 Teacher’s salaries
- Support for 12 students
- After-school coaches
- 21 people committed general support at $100 each
- 10 Students were sponsored (this is the program where they actually choose a specific child to support for a year)
On top of that, the live auction also brought in money for the organization through the following:
- Two trips to Haiti
- One Packer Tailgate party
- Two African Safaris
“Lois, myself, and Schools for Haiti are so very grateful to all of our wonderful sponsors and attendees for making the 2019 Schools For Haiti Gala an incredible success,” said Doug Fearing. “We’d especially like to thank our featured speaker, Brandon Williams, for making the night very special with his message and insights after visiting Haiti and our schools last February. Special thanks also to our Gala committee and event volunteers, whom without, the event never could have happened, and also to Lea Culver whom we recognized at the Gala for her past support in helping get the Schools for Haiti Gala where it is today.”