At Project 117, our mission is to build and operate schools for the left behind in Haiti. Our second year of operating our first school was incredible. Our Haitian staff team owned our mission and wrote a beautiful story through their work. Our stateside operations discovered a new piece of its identity and grew more influential. 

"You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14


A letter from Curtis

Our second year of hope through education started with six-weeks of grueling construction led by volunteers and Haitian builders. School opened on our campus for the first time in October, and we never turned back! Inspired by Matthew 5:14, we went about the work of teaching 60 students what it means to be the light of the world through art, academics, camp experiences, unconditional love, and a new system for discipline. Our Haitian staff of nine, led by our Principal Gregory, began developing the culture of our school in new ways by striving to connect with our students and their families through learning their stories. 

Project 117 Executive Director

Project 117 Executive Director

On the stateside, our first annual “One 17 Challenge” achieved huge fundraising success and became part of our organizational identity as God blessed us with resources in a new way! Our board of directors transitioned for the second time in our organization’s history as four original members transitioned off and three new members joined the team. God aligned us with two new church partners whom we will lock arms with as we pursue God’s kingdom movement together! God, the faithful provider, is blessing our organization with a little more influence each year. The best is yet to come!


Ministry Highlights

Melynda showed us what hope through education is all about as we were able to lock arms with our Haitian partner and help meet her developmental needs. We saw incredible growth physically, mentally, and socially within this beautiful little girl. God is a good, good Father!

Melynda showed us what hope through education is all about as we were able to lock arms with our Haitian partner and help meet her developmental needs. We saw incredible growth physically, mentally, and socially within this beautiful little girl. God is a good, good Father!

Twenty-three volunteers embarked upon serving trips including Steve (pictured), a core member of our 1:17 curriculum team. Our Founder, Curtis, and his wife, Britanny, spent 17-weeks in Haiti developing the culture of our school, which included systems and staff development.

Twenty-three volunteers embarked upon serving trips including Steve (pictured), a core member of our 1:17 curriculum team. Our Founder, Curtis, and his wife, Britanny, spent 17-weeks in Haiti developing the culture of our school, which included systems and staff development.

True education helps students discover who they are in Christ and what they were created to do.

Thanks to increased school funding, we were able to add four new staff members to our Haitian team including Gregory, our Principal. Gregory led with passion and authority in our school as he spoke truth into the hearts of students and parents alike.

Thanks to increased school funding, we were able to add four new staff members to our Haitian team including Gregory, our Principal. Gregory led with passion and authority in our school as he spoke truth into the hearts of students and parents alike.

Community outreach became a bigger part of our school’s story as we were able to start supplying fresh, clean water to locals for 2-3 hours each day. Students like Joudmerline are now able to drink clean water at school and at home.

Community outreach became a bigger part of our school’s story as we were able to start supplying fresh, clean water to locals for 2-3 hours each day. Students like Joudmerline are now able to drink clean water at school and at home.


Financials

Revenue:

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Church Partners: $29,548
Individual/Business Contributions: $67,363
Foundations: $5,000
Fundraising Events: $35,051
Short-term Trips: $23,493
Miscellaneous: $1,171

TOTAL REVENUE: $161,626


expenses:

Stateside Staffing & Travel: $39,927
Liability Insurance: $2,335
Office Supplies & Operational Expenses: $4,753
Staff Development & Other Expenses: $435
Short-term Trips: $22,872
School Staffing: $15,938
School Operations: $16,978
Community Outreach: $607
Campus Development: $30,887

TOTAL EXpense: $134,732

Net Income (gain): $26,894

*44% of the “stateside staffing and travel” expense went towards serving in Haiti at the school
**Net gain will be used during the 2015-16 school year on our next phase of campus development, school operations, and stateside operations as our movement grows


In March of 2015, twelve inspired, bold participants raised $15,040 in a matter of three weeks! One couple who loves Jesus and Haiti matched all donations up to $15,000. $30,040 was raised in all. God always provides when we take bold action. Consider joining the One 17 Challenge Team in 2016!