For weeks I have been writing to you about Haiti, about the week I spent in Croix-des-Bouquets, about travelling with a team from the Haiti Empowerment Project, about staying in a guest house above an orphanage, about relative wealth, about hand-knit dolls, about what life is like in the tent communities, and about the tent community schools. And for weeks, you have asked, “How can we help?” Well, my friends, this is how.
The Saint Paul School
Weeks of exchanging calls and emails with leaders and teachers in the tent communities made it clear that one of their most urgent needs is a school – a real school in a real building.
The building is there. It stands in the middle of Croix-des-Bouquets – it has real walls, cement floors, and a solid tin roof. Red-painted tires are half-planted in the yard to form a playground. There are good teachers ready to teach and an administrator is ready to run the school. But this is all they have. What they don’t have is preventing them from opening the doors.
They don’t have benches for the children to sit on; they don’t have blackboards for them to look at. And without these things, they can’t run this school and school is essential. The tent community kids have little hope of ever improving their lives without it.
This is something we can do.
We can give the teachers of the Saint Paul School in Croix-des-Bouquets a hand up – a way to get started – so they can open the doors of this school and serve the needs of nearly 400 children who might not otherwise have any kind of education without it. With the help of my immediate family, we have committed to buying 12 benches. With your help, we can buy the rest.
$80 U.S. buys 1 bench. The school needs 36 more.
$40 U.S. buys 1 blackboard. The school needs 8.
As soon as they have these essentials in place, the school will open its doors.
Every cent I collect – every single penny – will be used to help the teachers and purchase supplies in Croix-des-Bouquets. That way, we will be helping the local economy while getting this school on its feet.
And so, there are two really important things you can do. You can hit that DONATE button at the bottom of this page and you can SHARE this story by using any of the share buttons listed below.
From the bottom of my heart – thank-you – for reading, for caring, and for your support.