|We are so excited to welcome new team-members to the Edify programs in the Dominican Republic. This summer, we were joined by Pastor Jose Ramon Rodriguez and Miss Kimberly Bontrager. Jose Ramon joins us from a background of pastoring a local church, running a Christian school and teaching at the college level. He joins us with years of experience in holistic Christian development and community building. As Edify's Progam Director for the Dominican Republic, Jose Ramon will guide the team in… Read more »|
And we keep growing!
Who was there?
|When we look back at the most important moments of our lives, we often recall the names of the people who were there. "Sammy was at my wedding" or "when I had my first daughter, Darcy was there by my side." As Dominican students graduate or get promoted to a higher grade this month, we can ask that question--"who is there for them?" For many, the answer is a lot of wonderful people. For some, they have only a grandmother or… Read more »|
A Day Off
|A Day Off. "I want my students to have a day off. A day off from a world of 'not enough'. A day off from a world of limits, a world of '"you can't do that'. I want my students to have a day where there is enough, where they can, where they are the center of things for a while." Magda, proprietess and director of "My First Words" School chooses 3 female students annually to be queen for the day.… Read more »|
|This blog post doesn’t feature a specific partner school, program or a proprietor. It stars Rwanda and the INCREDIBLE progress this nation has made in the last 20 years. I would like to share with you some facts about where Rwanda was in 1994 and where they are now, the data really speaks volumes. Of course, no nation is without fault and there is still a way to go but the growth of the country is incredible and Rwanda is… Read more »|
The Wonderful Teacher
|I'm in search not of the perfect teacher but of the wonderful teacher.And my search has been fruitful.I've met Magda, who doesn't sit with the other teachers in the shade during recess. Instead, she plays basketball with the students, giggling and patting heads and giving high fives to accompany her encouraging words for students.Magda,… Read more »|
Expanding the Edify Team in the Dominican Republic
|This year, we have welcomed four new team members to the Edify staff in the Dominican Republic. They are working to deepen, expand and improve Edify’s relationships and impact in Christian schools. Our mission statement is coming alive—to improve and to expand SUSTAINABLE, AFFORDABLE, CHRIST-CENTERED education in the developing world! Leandro Peguero joined our team in July as the Christian Transformation & Training Officer. He oversees training efforts and implementation of training principles.… Read more »|
|The Dominican Republic is a country of incredible natural beauty. It is home to countless endemic birds, amphibians and flowers, some only found on the island of Hispanola. Its fertile soil produces cacao, tobacco, sugar as 30% of the country is suitable for agriculture. Pollution and deforestation threaten the island's biodiversity and green space. Tourism and eco-tourism initiatives offer opportunity for environmental stewardship but also sometimes trample on natural resources. Multinational corporations offer much-needed employment, but sometimes at an environmental cost.… Read more »|
|Today, the buzz about mobile technology in the developing world is not limited to development and technology circles. As more and more US school districts aquire tablets for their classrooms, a wide audience is asking, "how could mobile technology help solve the global educational access and quality problems?" How can mobile technology help where there is a dearth of teachers or where learning content is limited? Sugta Mitra's experiment with student-driven learning in India has gotten many excited about the… Read more »|
Teacher Mate Holiday Club
|Claude prepping his 'Teacher-station' lesson. Students know exactly what to do in each of the 3 stations. We are in the middle of the school break in Rwanda. The students have recently finished writing their exams, and are on holiday until the new year. At Imena primary school, many students in P1-P3 students were upset to have to take time off… Read more »|
|In the book of Exodus, YHWH gives His name: I am that I am (alternatively "I will be what I will be". Exodus 3:14) He points to His auto-existence. He defines Himself by His being. In the Gospel of John, Jesus also offers many "I am" statements: I am the Living Bread (6:51), I am the Light of the World (8:12), I am the True Vine (15:1). Surely, our God's definition of Himself points to an order of being first. The… Read more »|