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 Hi <<First Name>>,

Yesterday I shared our great news about the big change. We are so excited for all that Grace and Glory Academy will do for our community with your help. 
Sometimes, it feels like we take 2 steps backward when we take 1 step forward though. 
There is no way to sugar coat it, Grace and Glory is in great financial need right now. On October 1st the value of the US Dollar plummeted in Haiti. This change comes from the top in the government to increase the value of the Haitian Gourde, however it is problematic if not catastrophic for many nonprofits. What this means is that our budget in Haiti doubled over night. We have to pay twice as much more so that our teachers and staff in Haiti receive the same amount. Nothing has changed about the cost of goods in Haiti. 
Our budget the last school year was $4100 per month. Let me tell you… we do a LOT for a little. We not only pay our teachers’ salaries, kitchen and security staff, school administrators, but feed 300 students daily as well. 
Why can we do so much for so little? Think about this for a minute… in Haiti a teachers’ average monthly salary is $160 US at the current rate. That’s a grocery run for most of us!
So, here is where we are at. Our budget went from $4100 per month to $8100 per month. The good news is, this isn’t expected to last. However, we have no idea how long it will take to turn around. 
This month we are $3600 short and you guessed it, need $8100 for next month. We normally give Christmas bonuses equal to our teachers’ monthly salary and have a Christmas party for our students which we will most likely have to cut both this year so we can keep our teachers paid and the kids fed. Since 2014 we have never missed a paycheck. Our teachers know this and we will make it up to them somehow but I hope it doesn’t have to come to that. 
Now here is how you can help:
If you feel led to donate today click here: One time or Monthly Donations
If you want to make this payment recurring just select “Make this donation monthly” under the amount. Monthly donations really help us plan and know what we can expect month to month. 
We still have students that need sponsors here: Sponsor a Student
Tomorrow we will have updated info coming out about our sponsorship program. The current photos are out of date but new ones are coming soon! I can’t wait to see them all!
If we had all of our students sponsored or had $300 people donating
$28 per month we'd make our budget as it sits right now! 

Just the other day one of our teachers told Paul, our Project Manager in Haiti, that “Because of her job teaching she was able to send her own children to university.” That just warms my heart. We aren’t only helping the students but the teacher’s and their families as well. We have a full-time staff of 28 at our school. Not only are we helping our 300 students but 28 staff and their families of sometimes 4-9 people. That’s a potential 252 more mouths that are being fed, and school tuitions being paid. Your donations make a difference! 
Good news for the upcoming year… Providence United Methodist Church will be collecting a Christmas Eve offering to help with covering our cost of food for 2021! That will be a huge blessing. 

I know it's been a tough year for many this year but we know this for sure. God will provide. He never promises things will be easy. We have seen Him come through time and the again. It might not always be on our timing but I know things will work out for all of us that believe. 

With grace, 

P.S. Stay tuned for email #3 tomorrow… an update on our sponsorship program and what that looks like for now. 
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal
glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will
himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 
1 Peter 5:10
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