Town­ship­pers build school in Haiti

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Yan­nick Daoudi

For­close to a year, I’ve been look­ing for­ward to the day when I would be able to send you this email. In­deed, the dream just be­came re­al­ity: An hour ago, in the community of Sa­vane Blonde in Croix-des-Bou­quets, Haïti, 65 chil­dren at­tended classes for the first time at the “In­sti­tu­tion Mixte La Phi­lan­thropie”. Thanks to you these kids now have an op­por­tu­nity which they never had be­fore: ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in their own community and with that, hope for a bet­ter fu­ture. So THANK YOU all.

It’s hard to be­lieve that just a year ago, none of this ex­isted. Around that time, I ar­rived in the community for the first time with Sr. Nel­came, the school’s prin­ci­pal, to visit an over­grown piece of land that didn’t look like much. Within the fol­low­ing year, we man­aged to launch the In­spirAc­tion Foun­da­tion with Au­drey Gagnon-Mc Ma­hon (Vice-Pres­i­dent), ac­quire the piece of land, build close ties with the community, re­ceive of­fi­cial ap­proval from the Haitian Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, clear the piece of land, col­lect all the nec­es­sary school sup­plies, in­volve over a thou­sand pri­mary school chil­dren from Quebec in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, build a metal gate, 3 semi-per­ma­nent class­rooms, one tem­po­rary class­room and one com­postable dry toi­let, of­fer a 2-week sum­mer camp to the kids in the community with the help of a group of vol­un­teers from Sher­brooke, pro­vide back­packs and uni­forms to the fu­ture students, fur­nish the class­rooms, hire a care­taker, a lady-help and 4 lo­cal teach­ers, and start a new school year!

Af­ter hear­ing the many sto­ries about failed hu­man­i­tar­ian projects in Haïti, to­gether, we have just man­aged to prove that it is pos­si­ble to make a con­crete dif­fer­ence with very lim­ited means (see at­tached pic­tures and doc­u­ments).

How­ever, our work here is not fin­ished! Our goal for the com­ing year is to build an­other semiper­ma­nent class­room, an arte­sian well, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice and a small room for the care­taker, for a to­tal of about 10 000$.

We ask that you please con­sider re­new­ing your sup­port and help us continue what we started. You may do so in 3 sim­ple ways:

1. Help us reach more peo­ple by vis­it­ing our face­book page, lik­ing it and shar­ing it on your wall: http://www.face­book.com/pages/Fon­da­tionIn­spirAc­tion/285605998212254

2. Make a one-time do­na­tion by cheque (sim­ply email us) or by credit card (PayPal) through our web­site: http://www.in­spirac­tion­foun­da­tion.org As usual, 100% of the money re­ceived will be used to im­ple­ment the project on the ground.

3. Sign up for a monthly do­na­tion of 5$, 10$ or 20$. This is the best way of en­sur­ing the long-term suc­cess of the Foun­da­tion and its projects. These monthly do­na­tions will help cover our small ad­mi­nis-

tra­tive fees (less than 1% of our to­tal bud­get in the past year!) and all the rest will go to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our projects on the ground. If you wish, you will re­ceive email up­dates about twice a year where you’ll be able to wit­ness the con­crete dif­fer­ence that your do­na­tions have been mak­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing us this way, please take 2 min­utes to fill out the at­tached form and to email it back to us at contact@in­spirac­tion­foun­da­tion.org. You will re­ceive an an­swer shortly with pay­ment de­tails.

Thank you for your gen­eros­ity and… con­grat­u­la­tions!

Yan­nick Daoudi, Ph.D.

Pres­i­dent & Founder, In­spirAc­tion Foun­da­tion The In­spirAc­tion Foun­da­tion is a small not-for-profit non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to: (1.) in­spire, by rais­ing aware­ness of some of the dif­fi­cult liv­ing con­di­tions en­coun­tered in the de­vel­op­ing world and pro­mot­ing in­volve­ment in in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion among Cana­dian youth and adults; and to (2.) act, by sup­port­ing grass­roots projects aim­ing to im­prove ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and health, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren liv­ing in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

A group of Haitian chil­dren at the new school in Haiti, built from do­na­tions from Town­ship­pers of all ages.

These kids look pretty pleased to be sit­ting at a desk!

The wel­com­ing wall of the new school in Haiti.

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