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…)
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Colombian pop star Shakira has donated $400,000 to rebuild a school that was severely damaged in the January 2010 quake that leveled much of the Haitian capital.
The singer signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank, which will match her contribution to rebuild the Elie Dubois school, one of the island’s oldest, built in the early 20th century.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Canadian construction industry swung into action to rebuild Ecole Lakay, a trade school that was destroyed. The school will be restored, expanded and will provide a steady stream of tradespeople to rebuild Haiti.
The Digicel Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a project which trains at-risk and out-of-school youths in Haiti to convert shipping containers into primary schools. The Digicel Foundation and USAID have already opened the first school built under the public-private partnership. Ecole Louis de Borno in Leogane will welcome 600 primary students when the new school year begins on 4 October. The Digicel Foundation plans to open 50 such schools, which will provide permanent and transitional courses for up to 30,000 children.
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…)
By REBECCA HUVAL (Miami Herald) – Last year, Ashley-Jo Villard, 19, originally from Port-au-Prince, and her Miami Dade Honors College classmate, Natalia Valbuena, 20, had promised the townspeople of Trou Caiman — population 22,000 — that they would build a new school for 100 students.
But after the earthquake hit, their U.S. donors redirected money toward first-aid relief efforts, and Trou Caiman residents feared the college students would abandon their earthquake-ravaged town some 45 minutes northeast of the capital, Villard said. (more…)