A School for Haiti
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An initiative to rebuild the community school that was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti… leaving 110 families without affordable options for their children’s education.
The New School Building Project
As a result of the 2010 that killed over 250 000 people in Haiti, many of the country’s infrastructures were destroyed (social services, hospital, clinics, schools, roads, etc.) Unfortunately, the poor were the most affected by the tragedy. The earthquake took not only the lives of many in the community of Darbonne, Port-au-Prince, but also the few infrastructures that the community relied on for survival, which include a school, a medical clinic and few housing units.
For over 25 years, United Evangelical Church (EEUI) operated an elementary school that provided education to low-income children in the district of Darbonne. The school was poorly equipped but has managed to provide an average education for generations in the community.
The destruction of the school by the earthquake has left over 110 parents without a place to go for affordable education. It has survived over the years without almost external financial support. Sadly, the building was not designed to resist earthquakes chocks like most buildings in Haiti and was completely destroyed. The school served an average of 200 children every year before the earthquake. About ten months after the earthquake the school was still operating under tarps, which did not protect the children against the heated temperature of Haiti, the wind and the dust created by the mutilated concrete houses in the neighborhood.
In 2012, PEER Servants Canada renovated the church basement, which allowed the school to accommodate only 60 children for schooling. The renovation has provided great relief to those children but more needs to be done to meet the need of the majority of out of school children in the community.
PEER Servants Canada is committed to work with the local church to rebuild a modern school that would provide education to 200 children in the community. The cost of the project is 500 00 $.