It’s the eyes that get you. If you have spent any time in a third world country, you know what I mean. You try to avoid looking. You smile and wave cheerfully. You scan the ground, or study the trees, or admire the clouds. You do anything to avoid the eyes. But sooner or later, the moment comes when eyes meet and you know more about that person in the seconds of a locked gaze than you could ever imagine. There is no language barrier when it comes to the eyes. The eyes tell it all.
You see fear in the eyes of the young mothers waiting in the clinic with their sick, limp babies. There is desperation in the looks of the beggars on the streets, pleading for a coin, some food, or maybe your shoes. Sometimes their anger flashes at you saying, “Why me, not you?” But the most haunting eyes belong to the ones who have lost hope. Those eyes have no words to say. They have lost their speech. These are souls who have reconciled that life will never be better for them. In fact, they don’t even grasp what better means. They struggle to simply open their eyes in the morning, and pray they will be alive to close them at the end of the day.
And yet there is hope. I see it in the eyes of the children, dressed in smart, ironed uniforms, lining up at 7 am each day. Mission of Hope International in Haiti has opened its brand-new school building and through the gates come 600 children with eyes full of joy. Doors open to a world of new possibilities for these young people. The building is solid and safe, creating a tangible representation of the foundation education is laying in the student’s lives. The halls and stairways are leading to a future that looks very different than the existence generations before have endured. The teaching that goes on in the open and airy classrooms is, in the words of Socrates, the “kindling of a fire”. Lock eyes with a student and you’ll see it- light, promise, hope.
Mission of Hope International strives to provide high-quality educational programs to children of all levels and means in the Grand-Goave area. They boast an unprecedented 100% pass rate among graduating seniors on the national high school exams. Bless Back is excited to support MOHI through a grant from our generous donors. Funds from our recent Grateful Hearts Gala have been designated for the completion of Phase I of the Thozin School Campus in Grand-Goave. The facility will house not only classrooms, but also a science lab, computer lab, library, activity room, cafeteria and bathrooms. It is difficult to measure the impact this blessing will have on the students at Thozin, but I suspect the 1200 eyes will say it all.