Octvervil Baptiste, in partnership with Pastor Sitoir Pasterrain, Pastor Antoine Joseph, Pastor Lucane and Pastor Olibric held their 2nd Annual Back to School Giveaway on Aug. 31. According to Baptiste, the initiative is accomplished through their A Perfect Heart Foundation.
The giveaway, which took place at the Haitian branch of Friendship Tabernacle Church, seeks to encourage children by teaching them about non-violence and the importance of acquiring an education. Pastors also pray with the children and impart spiritual advice.
Approximately 300 children attended the giveaway and received school supplies for the school year. They were representative of primary to high school students.
“We’re talking about putting God first, and pursing education – with those things they cannot go wrong as young men and women,” Baptiste emphasized.
He continued: “This is not a Haitian thing. It is about how we can help the future generation of this country. It is not about what The Bahamas can do for us, but what we can do to help young people with their future, their education.”
Baptiste added that with all of the killing and violence portrayed on our streets, it is important to encourage young people to be positive.
“The economy is hard, and that’s why we’re not just focused on one group of people,” Baptiste said. “We tell them that when they go to school to listen to their teachers and behave, so they can get what they don’t have from their teachers.
He concluded by thanking all business sponsors as well as residents for their assistance.