January 12,2010, Tragedy struck Trinity school, a school in Jacmel.. leaving over 400 children dead..SIDR was there with volunteers from all over the world to assist with the reclamation and the clearing of this terrible site.. Wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow.. Constant reminders of what happened in each load.. SIDR and its volunteers are committed to healing this wound in the community of Jacmel by rebuilding a new earthquake and hurricane resistant school.. Three Monolithic domes linked to provide the children of this small city with a safe school.. We need your help… 25,000.00 dollars.. builds the school.. the teachers are ready.. the children lack a school.. Please assist us so we can assist the children of this community…Every penny goes to the build.. and we will provide photo journals and reports to all who donate.. Not one person takes a salary, and each pays their own way to volunteer..SIDR has so far trained 30 women in the skills of construction ..and now the art of masonry begins with this project .. teaching a sustainable and permanent way of building while creating hope in the community with our projects.. Please give generously.. The children of Jacmel need your help.. www.sheltersinternational.org (more…)
A plan to build a new education system in Haiti is one of the most encouraging things to emerge from the rubble of the Jan. 12 earthquake. It is expected to be endorsed at a meeting on Tuesday of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the joint Haitian-international body created to guide the country’s rebuilding.
Talk and promises have been far more abundant than visible improvements in the lives of struggling Haitians. After a frustratingly slow start, the commission is finally confronting a range of urgent issues, including housing and debris removal. It is right that this meeting — only its second — is immediately tackling education reform head-on, since the current system’s failures are at the root of the country’s thwarted potential. (more…)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Schools are opening across Haiti’s capital for the first time since a devastating earthquake hit nearly three months ago. It’s a major step toward normalcy, but the hard-hit education system is just beginning to recover. The Jan. 12 quake damaged or destroyed some 4,000 schools. Nobody wants to put children back under concrete roofs and many schools are waiting for tents.
Only a few hundred schools are expected to open this week. UNICEF education official Mohamed Fall said the goal is to have 700,000 children back in school by the middle of next month. Educators said Monday they will focus on providing emotional support for traumatized children before picking up the regular curriculum.
WASHINGTON, March 11, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (D., PA) this week met with first lady of Haiti Elisabeth Preval, Louisiana Recovery School District Superintendent Paul Vallas, and George Washington University President Steven Knapp to discuss the future of education in post-earthquake Haiti.
At the meeting, it was announced that Haiti will be launching a new national effort to increase access to high-quality publicly funded education for all of the nation’s children. This work will build on the success of post-Katrina education in Louisiana with the assistance of Paul Vallas and Congressman Chaka Fattah. Vallas, who has been praised for his work in rebuilding New Orleans schools from the ground up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, will work with the people of Haiti and Congressman Fattah to rebuild Haiti’s educational system. (more…)