In Trinidad Star of Hope supports two preschools located in poor slum areas. In theory, primary school in Trinidad is available to all and it is both free and compulsory. The reality is, however, the children need to have a basic knowledge to be admitted. To get that they need to have gone to preschool before they begin primary school.
For poor families, this is a big problem. Good schools are generally private and have such high tuition fees that poor children cannot afford them. This makes the already poor population condemned to a life of continued poverty, with few opportunities to change their situation.
An opportunity for education
The goal of Star of Hope school activities in Trinidad is to give poor children the skills necessary to enter primary school so that in future they better chance to improve their own lives.
In our schools, we give children a well-balanced meal and basic health care. These things together create conditions for children from poor backgrounds to grow up into healthy, educated adults who can provide for themselves and their family. In this way we are able to help develop entire communities! For how can a child be able to rise out of poverty if he or she cannot read or write, and are always hungry or ill?
Another important objective of the activities is to show these children and their parents that there are people who see their situation and who want to help them to change it.
In all things we purpose to demonstrate the love of God toward the people we serve and as possible share the gospel of Jesus Christ.