Wednesday, April 02, 2014

JELLY Fun Fair Surpasses Fundraising Goal for Haiti

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — On Saturday, February 22, Bright Hope hosted the JELLY Fun Fair to raise money for teachers’ salaries for the nearly completed church-school in Beganabe, Haiti.

Twenty Chicagoland families that have been active in the JELLY program volunteered, helped with advertising, donated raffle items, organized and ran the activities held at the Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center in Hoffman Estates. More than $1,800 was raised through admission sales and games.

At the Fun Fair attendees shopped at a mock “Haitian marketplace” where they could purchase items made by JELLY families as part of a “microloan” program. The families were given a $10 “microloan” to purchase materials for making items to sell in the mock marketplace. Through this activity, children and families learned about the importance of microloans in Haiti – and many made a profit through their marketplace sales to donate back to Beganabe. Attendees also learned about the significant need for clean water wells and education in Haiti through specially designed games and activities.

The JELLY program in Beganabe is dedicated to holistic transformation through the local church utilizing education, microloans, and job training. Chicagoland families in the JELLY program recently painted, filled and sent two shipping containers that will be transformed into the workable church-school building. This church-school is the first in this 3,000 person community and will enable 150 children from kindergarten to fifth grade to attend school and receive a nutritious meal daily. Additionally, local produce grown by Haitian families on the microloan program will be included in their meals. JELLY will continue to provide two years of support after which the program should be self-sustainable thanks to local businesses born from the microloan program.

Learn more about Bright Hope’s JELLY program.