Ten years ago, John Grove passed away. John had his hands in many projects near and dear to the ACA and the Air Commando spirit. He was a man like us, in that he traveled the world and saw the disproportionate sharing of earth’s bounty and he did something about it. From his days in Thailand, in special operations, he saw a need and was moved to start fresh water projects which continued long after the war in Viet Nam was history. He told me that the recipe for a school was a fresh water well, a kitchen, and a bathroom!
Another one of his projects was a high school in a Honduran rain forest. He bought the land, built the building, a wooden one-room classroom for grades 7-12 and started the school. His vision and the need for the school came from exposure to central America during his TDYs in the 80s out of Hurlburt Field. John funded all the costs for the school until his death. With his death the school would have ended 2 years after it started had it not been for active and retired Air Commandos who shared a similar kind of heart, they would commit to keeping the school going. For 10 years, we have continued the rain forest ‘John Grove’ school. Classes for 2019 started February 4. Graduation last year was in November (as is the case for all Honduran schools) and was conducted for the first time on the mountain. For most families, graduating from the 12th grade is the first such in the family line and graduation is a huge family ‘event’. There are 17 sixth-graders who started the 7th grade at the John Grove High School this February 2019 and they are the largest class for the John Grove School to date, comprising nearly half the students of the whole school.
Shown in the photo above, one of the new 7th graders getting books for 2019. Most kids go only to 6th grade. THIS is a big deal for her and her family. This is what the John Grove School does with your support. Note the clean clothes but muddy shoes. Hope and reality captured in a single pic. The young man in the center is the teacher for the 7-12 grade school.
The school is funded primarily through Air Commando donations. Bless the Children is the charity that collects the funds and over watches the school. You can find them at www.blessthechildreninc.org. They have very low overhead costs and have low overhead manning. Our costs run just over $2,000 a month while some donors can contribute $100 a month (some even more), many donations are more like a dollar a day. We are saving up money and doing fund raising for a new school as rain, mud, rot and termites are relentless attackers of the current two-room school.
These children are wonderful, and the school is a doorway to a better future than wood gathering and coffee bean picking. The average adult wage in the mountainous region is $3 U.S. per day and only Haiti is poorer than Honduras in this entire hemisphere. The supporters of the John Grove School are changing lives of precious children, not merely clothing them and feeding them for a day but opening a door to the world.
You could be part of that Air Commando legacy with a donation. Just visit the Bless the Children website www.blessthechildreninc.org and designate your donation for the John Grove School. It is tax deductible and 100 cents on the dollar goes to the school. All overhead costs are absorbed by the parent organization. Please donate today for a child’s tomorrow!
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