tHE STORY OF aGAPE sCHOOL
The idea for Agape School came to Arlington Louis in December of 2018. God placed Arlington in the right place at the right time and this was all part of His plan.
Arlington was interpreting for a missions team who had come to support an orphanage in Cazal, Haiti. On the way to Cazal the team stopped at a village called Travo to pray and drink some water. When they arrived, children came out to play. Arlington loves working with kiddos so he took some time to get to know the children and their backgrounds a little better.
Arlington soon learned that it is very difficult for the children in Travo to receive an education. The financial situation is one of the worst in Haiti and there is not a school in proximity. Arlington truly felt God calling him to provide not just an education but a Christian education to these children.
In February of 2019, he spoke to his friend Brooke, a missionary in Haiti at the time. Brooke helped create a GoFund Me page and enough money was raised to build the school and help pay the teachers as well. This allowed the school to operate well for 2019-2020.
2020-2021 brought COVID and additional political unrest in Haiti. This also meant there was no fundraising for the school for the year.
God is good though. The teachers volunteered to continue teaching the children. They told Arlington to keep praying for God to provide and they would teach the children for free.
Agape’s initial location was in Travo, but the government requested they move due to the village being fought over and political problems. Because of these safety concerns, Arlington’s mom, who loved what he was doing and loved the school, donated a good piece of land in the village of Duclos. This village was close to Travo, which allowed them to keep the same students.
Agape school is led by Arlington and three other teachers. They currently have 32 children at the school. 12 children are in their first year of kindergarten, 11 in their second year, and 9 in their third year.
Arlington farms watermelon to help cover costs at the school and to help feed the children at the school. He hopes that teams will be back to Haiti so that he can have other job opportunities as well.