Education is not free in Samoa so to go to school there are fees for each semester. Pacific Light of Hope’s desire is to work with families who are poverty stricken and schools around the island to help with the costs for education. The highest percentage of kids to get to the 7th and 8th grades and drop out of school to support their families full time working on the farm, fishing, or as street vendors. This in turn continues the cycle of poverty for these families. Pacific Light of Hope will help change this cycle.
We reach families who ordinarily do not have the sources to pay for their education and achieve their hope of their kids to graduate high school. The needs are great in this regard and in some cases, children don’t even go to school. They work on the family plantation or go to the market to sell the goods from their farm for their family. It’s not that the parents don’t want their children to go to school, they just can’t afford it. The average grade school child, grades 1-6 pay $400.00 US dollars a year to go to school.
Pacific Light of Hope also connects with schools around the island to meet specific needs of that particular school. The common needs of most of the schools are school supplies and teaching equipment such as computers down to the desks for students.