According to Ryan and Veronica Helser, directors of Missions at Touch of Life Church, in Haiti, only 10 percent of schools are publicly funded, which means many children do not have the privilege to attend school.
According to UNICEF, only 52 percent of children attend primary (elementary) school and, of that 52 percent, only about 30 percent make it to the sixth grade.
Haiti’s schools were devastated by an earthquake in 2010 and the Touch of Life Academy has provided a place of learning for children there. But their mission continues as construction has not been totally completed.
On Saturday, the Touch of Life Academy will host a Quarter Paddle Auction/Benefit for local resident Ashley Stills to make the trip to Haiti to help work with Touch of Life ministries. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the event will take place at the Russell Center, 1201 Presidential Dr., in Winona Lake.
The church will be providing food and 100 percent of the profits from the Quarter Paddle Auction will go to the missions trip. Vendors have donated items for the auction, which is a fun event to purchase products for quarters.
Silent auction items are still being accepted for the benefit.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any of the vendors at the benefit.
For more information, call 574-534-6113.