Aged Out Program
Samuel is one of the oldest boys at the orphanage in Haiti. When we met him, he was leaving the teen years behind, yet he had no marketable skill to help him make it on his own.
In 2020, we asked you to help set up an auto shop in Haiti. With so many older boys like Samuel getting ready to age out, we wanted to give them a chance to learn a skill that could be used to create a better future. You made that happen by helping to build the auto shop.
The auto shop is doing great! Samuel was the first one to work through the apprentice program. He has learned quickly and completed the 18 month program in only 12 months.
Samuel is now able to work on any of the cars or motor bikes coming into the shop, and he has moved from being an apprentice to being an employee. He is making a regular income and has been learning how to budget, spending a portion on courses to finish up high school as well as pay for his room at the orphanage.
In just one year, because of your compassion and generosity, he has gone from being an older boy with no direction, afraid to move beyond the orphanage, to becoming a young man with a job, finishing up his schooling, and paying his own way. Not only that, soon he will get to be a mentor for one of the younger boys at the orphanage.
The auto shop is fulfilling our hopes of becoming a place for these boys to learn life skills that will help them have a better future. Being one of the only auto shops in the area, there is plenty of business, and it has earned an excellent reputation in the community.
As the boys move into the final months of their apprenticeship, they are given a small stipend to start to learn budgeting. Once they successfully complete the program, they are offered a job and have the option of paying rent to live in transitional rooms at the orphanage or find their own place in the community. With budgeting help, they can use their pay to finish high school and create even more opportunities for their future. As long as they are working and contributing to the greater good of the orphanage, they are welcome to stay on a few more years as they transition into young adulthood.
So what is Samuel thankful for? He says, “I pray to God and thank Him for sending people who could make this happen.”