Look where we are now! Huge progress all month and we only need $4000 to finish! Please help us make this goal – see our campaign above!
October report from IMECT school, Petit Goave, Haiti.
In mid September I went back to Haiti to see all of the projects I’m working with, and most importantly, to see what we would be able to do with the building grant of $10 000 at IMECT school… This small amount is being asked to do the impossible – but Haitians don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and we’re hoping that however far we get we can find ways to continue until the job is done!
Arriving at the school I found that Yolande, our director, always organized, had managed to get the building process started already! The footings for the gallery along the front were being dug, and the playground or courtyard was full of piles of sand, rocks, and gravel. Rebar was being stored and also bent and cut inside the plywood school in the Kindergarten area, and sacks of cement were locked up in the Grade 5 and 6 classroom!
Yolande’s husband Deny is a trucker, and he was able to take a week off work and also borrow a lighter type truck with which to collect me, and to fetch water every evening for the construction as well as all the extra people. Boss Rolande, the original builder of the school, was on hand to restore it to the original size although the ‘format’ is now different. You’ve all probably seen the photos on FaceBook, and more will be coming as we continue the build. The children went back to school today in the plywood school with new paint and some illustrations I painted with the help of two young teachers. The new classrooms are a ways from being ready – it would only take three more weeks if we had the funds – but we’re short by about $6000 due to price-rises, the better quality materials and techniques needed in an earthquake zone at bare minimum, and trying to maximize the potential of the site which is very small for a school serving 200 or more.
A fundraising campaign, our first with Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, which has another school Mandy Thody runs, further west in Haiti, is just about to start – it’s also our first social media campaign so please share it on your own page and consider using this fundraiser for your own events, birthdays etc. LOOK OUT FOR THIS NEXT WEEK!
(4 Sep) -200 students finished the last year of schooling – and we achieved a 95% pass rate! That’s really amazing and due to all the hard work and dedication of Yolande and her team – CONGRATULATIONS!
The increase in school enrollment meant that for each student finishing the year we spent no more than $45 US – an incredible result! If we counted all 280 children originally enrolled who were not able to finish due to family circumstances, moving, the harvest and other problems, it would amount to only $32 per child – this paid all salaries, repairs to building, kitchen expenses, transport, furniture and more. THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS!
NEWS TODAY (2 Sep) IN ST CROIX:
We have finally heard we will receive a grant from the VI Government Fund for Earthquake Relief! We are starting ASAP on reconstruction of two of the original classes, now to be three smaller rooms and a real kitchen at last!
We’ve been steadily growing for three years now – step by step, dollar by dollar! After the earthquake, when we fundraised for 2 refugee camps & three established charities, 100% for Haiti rebuilt a small primary school near Petit Gouave. Since then our school, IMECT, has run smoothly and well with more children every semester – teachers’ salaries are paid by our efforts, the children’s lunches are cooked and served free of charge, the school now has toilets, a water-tank, improved flood drainage, and we have helped improve health in the local area with anti-cholera training, disinfection, and first aid treatment.
MANDY RETURNED IN LATE JUNE FROM A TRIP TO HAITI WITH NEW PHOTOS AND REPORTS ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM, and went again to start off the building in September!
THIS YEAR, IMECT SCHOOL SERVED 280 CHILDREN, AND HAS A NEW ADMINISTRATOR-SECRETARY, MICHEL PAYANT. WE’VE BOUGHT EXTRA DESKS AND CHAIRS, AND THE TEACHERS ARE REPAINTING THE SCHOOL IN THE HOLIDAYS!
For General Information:
For cash donations: Please make checks to St Croix Foundation, with 100% for Haiti in subject line.Donations are tax deductible.
Mail to: 1023 Market Street, Christiansted, St Croix, VI 00820
100% For Haiti’s Committee:
PHILIPPA FORWARD (Fundraiser, Treasurer), ANDRE MCBEAN (Fundraiser, Artist in Wood), MANDY THODY (Organiser, Secretary, Web Co-ordinator, Artist)
See Sales Gallery page to view – art always for sale online!
WE HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE AS WELL – WITH MANY MORE PHOTOS, ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND FREQUENT UPDATES: http://www.facebook.com/pages/100-for-Haiti/282674848036