ADRA Gives $1 Million to Maranatha Volunteers for Haiti School Construction
Move symbolizes cooperation between world church and lay ministries, Wilson says
BY Adventist Review staff
MONEY FOR SCHOOLS: From left, outgoing ASI president Norman Reitz; ASI Missions Inc. board member Garwin McNeilus; and Maranatha Volunteers International president Don Noble, hold replica of a $1,000,000 check presented by ADRA International for school construction in Haiti. At center is ADRA International president Rudi Maier, while General Conference president Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson is at right. [Photo: James Bokovoy]
esponding to a call from Haiti’s president Michel Martelly for more international investment in education, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has given $1 million to Maranatha Volunteers International, Inc., (MVI) a lay-run Adventist group, to build schools in the island nation, which was ravaged by an earthquake in January 2010.
Funded and implemented by ADRA International, the classrooms will be constructed in partnership with MVI, a worldwide organization with a focus on constructing buildings such as school classrooms, orphanages, homes, clinics and hospitals. The structure of the classrooms will follow Maranatha’s “One Day School” model. These steel-walled classrooms have been designed for warm environments, ensuring each classroom is properly ventilated with large windows and strategically placed vents, and features white colored roofs to reflect the sun’s rays.
Noting the presentation, made during Sabbath worship at the 2011 ASI Convention in Sacramento, California, Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said this was an example of how the world church and lay ministries can work together.
A statement from ADRA indicated the group, “remains dedicated to rebuilding Haiti’s near and distant future. Through the construction of these 100 classrooms, ADRA is cultivating an environment that will empower Haiti’s younger generation with tools to secure long-term, sustainable change.”