Parlez-vous français? If you ask the average person where French is spoken, they would quickly respond with “France.” While this answer is of course correct, what many don’t realize is that French is the official language of close to thirty countries in the world. One of them is the Central African Republic where VisionTrust has twelve programs and serves approximately 700 children who have lost either one or both of their parents. Over the past several years, the Central African Republic has been riddled with political instability, fighting and warfare amongst Muslim and non-Muslim groups. This has led to a breakdown in the country’s infrastructure, food insecurity and the displacement of whole communities, among other problems. The children VisionTrust serves in Berberati and Bangui have been living in the midst of this conflict, experiencing fear firsthand—not only of violence, but of the real possibility that everyday necessities like food, shelter and basic preventative health measures will not be available.
When the Dunlap High School Foreign Language Club heard about the situation of VisionTrust children in the Central African Republic, they wanted to help. While they live worlds away from one another, the bond of a common language inspired the club officers to raise funds to buy Orphan Survival Kits, which include items such as food, sleeping mats and mosquito nets. The club members set to work—they sold snacks to their fellow students and made hot chocolate toppings and caramel apples to sell at home football games. They also made informational brochures to help educate their student body and the larger community about the situation in the Central African Republic and how they could provide help through VisionTrust. In a few short months, these amazing high schoolers were able to raise $800—enough to purchase sixteen survival kits! Thank you, Dunlap High School Foreign Language Club, for realizing that everyone can speak the language of hope, even if they don’t all get an A on that French test.
To join the Dunlap High School Foreign Language Club in bringing hope to the children of the Central African Republic, click here.