This month a law has been proposed in the DR which if passed would prohibit students without proper documentation from attending public schools. There are about 55,000 foreign students in the DR, 33,000 of those are Haitian and 24,000 do not have official documentation. As of now the proposed law has been suspended but the fear still lingers. Thankfully if the law were to be passed, those 24,000 displaced students could still access private education in the DR. Of course some students would be restricted because of geographic or economic reasons, but the private sector would absorb as many students as possible.
Edify works alongside Christian schools that are owned and operated by individuals. Many of the schools we work with are already serving undocumented students regardless of their nationality. Jesus said in Luke 18:16, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” With an unknown future for many of the foreign, mostly Haitian, students in the DR, we have even more of desire to be equipping low-cost private schools to meet the educational and spiritual needs of students. With loans to improve and expand schools, along with training to sharpen teaching and administrative skills and increased access to educational materials Edify hopes to empower individuals within these schools to continue the good work that God has started in them.