Hand in Hand for Haiti project reached its culmination: the opening of the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable in Saint Marc.
The project to open the school has been the focus of 18 months of industry fund-raising. Some 153 pupils, aged between three and five, took their places on day one. They were greeted on arrival by School Director Pierre Marie Guinet, who escorted them to their classrooms along with the newly appointed teachers.
While there is still work to be completed at the site, the facility opened in time for the first day of the Haitian school year. As previously reported, uniforms and transport (including two buses and an SUV) were donated by contributors to the Hand in Hand for Haiti cause.
The hurricane-proof, anti-seismic, sustainable school in Saint Marc, north of the capital Port-au-Prince, will eventually offer education to over 700 students from pre-school to secondary level. Bilingual education (English-French) with best-in-class academic standards in alignment with the Haitian academic curriculum will be provided.
The project, which has raised several million dollars since the January 2010 earthquake, is the biggest charity fund-raiser in travel retail industry history. Uniquely, the school is not only being funded by the industry, but operated by it on an ongoing basis through a Foundation.
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