College d'Emmanuel, which opened in September 2016, now serves over 450 students in kindergarten, primary and secondary grades, providing a Christian education and a warm meal to children from the orphanage, the community and the mountains surrounding the village.
The 16 room school building at Emmanuel was built in 2016-17 by our Canadian partner, Christianne Malenfant. Over 450 students are enrolled in classes for the 2018-19 school year and they receive a warm meal each and every school day, often the only one they have in a day. Mt. Carmel sponsors the school on a monthly basis and provides those meals. Funds for the school bus were donated in 2015 through Mt. Carmel and that bus now travels into the mountains two times each morning and two times each afternoon to pick up and drop off schoolchildren who would not be able to attend school otherwise. The bus also provides transportation for church members to be able to come to worship services and allows our teams to take the whole crew to the beach!
The 2018-19 school year marked the beginning of the Community Kids’ Scholarship Fund - sponsors pay $250 for tuition, a uniform and a backpack for a child from the community around Emmanuel - to date we have 35 children in the program - these children would not be able to attend school otherwise.
The Emmanuel children all wear uniforms...grey for the high schoolers, blue check for the middle grades and pink check for the kindergartners.