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.
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…)
Nine-Building, 40,000 sq. ft. Complex, Serving More Than 600 Local Children, Rises Just Seven Months After Groundbreaking Following Devastating January 2010 Earthquake.
JACMEL, Haiti, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Chairman and CEO Dave Cote and Honeywell Hometown Solutions President Tom Buckmaster recently joined students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders to open Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez, a new, state-of-the-art public school in the hard hit city of Jacmel in southern Haiti. The nine-building school complex will provide a new educational home and free meals to more than 600 local children in grades K through 7.
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Outside the crowded capital, along Haiti’s northern coast, business leaders and development experts are trying to revamp one of the Caribbean nation’s most beleaguered institutions: Education.
“What we want to do is make this a new model for education in Haiti,” said John Weiss, associate vice president of private destinations with Royal Caribbean. (more…)
Before the earthquake – 50% of Haitian children were out of school. Most children who traditionally went to school in Haiti attended private schools – 90% of Haitian schools were private and charged fees. Many poor parents could simply not afford school fees, uniforms, and school supplies and so their children missed out. Nearly half –47%– of adult Haitians are illiterate. (more…)
Colombian pop star Shakira has met child survivors of Haiti’s earthquake as her charity prepares to build a school in the disaster-stricken Caribbean country. The singer, who has already joined Hollywood actors and other global celebrities to raise funds for the victims of the January 12 earthquake, flew into the wrecked Haitian capital Port-au-Prince aboard a private jet.
At the planned site of her Barefoot Haiti school, she met about 100 children, some of whom danced to her songs. She then toured a camp housing nearly 50,000 people on a golf course. There, she met US actor Sean Penn, whose own charity is also helping victims. “We’ve come to make all the preparations to be able to start the building of a Barefoot school here in Haiti,” Shakira said in a brief interview. (more…)
Operation Blessing, a Virginia Beach-based international humanitarian organization opened a makeshift school adjacent to a tent city in Port-au-Prince. About 500 Haitian children showed up on its first day, a news release from Operation Blessing International said. The school, which will cater to grades 1 through 6, is being held inside a 40-by-60-foot tent that had previously been used as a mess hall for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Classes will take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and activities have included hygiene training, camp safety and basic first aid. Formal classes began today. The school was set up adjacent to Camp Dadadu, a tent city housing about 7,000 earthquake victims on a soccer field. It is believed to be one of the first schools to open since the deadly quake struck January 12, 2010.