PathLight: Holistic Educational CarePosted on July 23, 2016
We've all heard of holistic health care. Treating all facets of the body, not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
What about holistic educational care? Is that even a thing?
If not, then allow me to introduce the first people who created such a thing-PathLight International.
Think back to the good 'ole days when all you had to worry about was your 4th grade book report and picking up dog poop (if you had a dog, that is). Your life was set. Dinner was on the table every night, clean clothes waiting for you in your drawers and adequate playtime in the afternoons was always a reasonable expectation in your mind.
These are the ingredients that set you up for success. A safe home, good health or at least adequate healthcare, financial provision and if you're at all like me, countless hours with the Church fam too.
My spiritual, mental, and physical needs were met. While I know most people are not dealt a fair hand in life, there's a lot of us that have been given what we need to live a successful life.
PathLight is trying to ensure that same success for kids just like you and me who happen to live in Belize. A country the size of Maryland and with a punch of diversity that takes your breath away (in a good way).
While we only spent one week there, we saw the same things you would witness at all levels of school. The preschoolers were sticking their tongues out and running as fast as possible across the playground, kids in elementary school determined to sing to you every song they know, and high schoolers concerned with how they look and who likes who. We also met a lot of kids coming to an age where they realize how hard their parents' lives are and figuring out a better way for their own future.
This small, but mighty, organization is determined to transform the country of Belize through the Gospel [spiritual], quality education [mental], and basic life necessities like lunches/transportation/uniforms [physical].
Here's how their holistic educational system breaks down:
Assisting individuals students through financial means, providing one-on-one mentorship and a resource center with internet and school supplies.
Most teachers in Belize have a college degree but aren't necessarily equipped with teaching skills. PathLight offers Summer workshops and year-round support for on-the-job training.
Learning can be really difficult when your classroom floor is made of dirt and the rickety fan above stops working in the staggering Belizean heat. The schools have very little to no resources to help their children learn in a comfortable environment. PathLight invites their North American community to partner with the Belizean community and make huge improvements in the local schools.
While it's obviously the coolest to see PathLight in action in Belize, just know that you making the decision to pray for this great effort and give financially is making an impact that your eyes may never see but have faith that your efforts are not in vain.
However, you know what I'm going to say next.