Covenant Day School has been partnering with different ministries for over a decade in Haiti. Our current partnership in Haiti is with Mission of Hope International (MOHI). In 2013, MOHI expressed an interest in partnering with Covenant Day School to build and develop an agricultural industry using aquaponics. As a school, we took this opportunity in thoughtfullness, prayer, and patience in order to develop a sturdy partnership with MOHI. In 2014, Covenant Day School created a proof-of-concept system next to the MOHI school in Grand Goave, Haiti. Although this system serves many purposes within the community, its primary purpose was to familiarize the community with the concept of aquaponics and to demonstrate the system’s feasibility. CDS helped train and employ a man named Wilson who is committed to keeping the aquaponics system up and running. In early 2017, CDS conducted a formal evaluation and concluded that the proof-of-concept system has been extremely successful within the community. MOHI has now asked Covenant Day to fill a sixteen thousand square-foot field with aquaponics systems in Grand Goave.
The Restore 525 mission work is made possible through the leadership of our students, the support of our community, the partnership with Mission of Hope International, and most importantly the Lord. This organization is student-led which allows students to utilize their various gifts in a productive and out-of-the-box way that will not only impact their future, but the future of others. Our school community also plays a huge role in the outcome of our organization. Our community contributes in many ways, including prayer, volunteer work, providing materials, expertise,and funding. These community members include the entire student body, parents, faculty and staff, grandparents, donors, and any unaffiliated members interested in getting involved. Mission of Hope international is a Haiti-centered ministry whose ministry is focused on impacting the lives of those living in developing countries through Christ-centered hope for a better future. When all is said and done, our hope comes from our faith, which is our foundation. Without faith, the base of this project, and thus the rest of it, will crumble immediately.
A primary goal of this mission is to provide jobs for the Haitian community through a functional aquaponics system. To maintain a system, a team of workers will be needed to check the chemical balance in the fish pond, harvest crops, keep a clean work site, and educate the surrounding community. An aquaponics system, regardless of its size, will provide several jobs; In turn, the unemployment population will decrease. The assortment of vegetation growing will be sold locally not only benefiting the community’s health, but assisting the economy as well. Finally, the system offers educational growth. Students will learn about the mutually beneficial relationship between the fish and plants, which plants are most effective, and how to nurture crops well to be harvested. Restore 525 envisions a mission where communities are strengthened by economic reassurance, agricultural prosperity, and educational opportunities.
- Create the internal infrastructure and culture necessary for a successful project
- Plan and construct a model sustainable aquaponic system at Covenant Day School in Matthews, North Carolina
- Continue developing the technology by managing indoor aquaponic systems
- Organize professional fundraising methods to support the project
- Travel to Grand Goâve, Haiti and install an aquaponic system inspired by the model system at CDS