Sunday, January 17, 2010

Maurice & Jean's Home Town of Petit Goave

Since last spring, a group of New Trier faculty and staff have been developing the Haiti Project in anticipation of launching a fundraising effort and service learning project this March to help rebuild a school in Petit-Goave, Haiti. The project began with two of our Northfield staff members, Maurice Bonhomme and Jean Cayemitte, who also spoke to our IGSS regarding Haiti's need.

Now the mission of the New Trier Haiti Project is expanded to help with the relief effort in Petit-Goave, which is located just 5 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.

New Trier’s Haiti Project is partnering with a locally based non-profit, Little by Little, a 501 (c) 3 organization that provides aid and support to communities in Haiti. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of funds will be used to respond to relief efforts in Petit-Goave.

Maurice and Jean have worked tirelessly at personal cost to keep the doors open at Petit-Goave’s St. Joseph school. Through personal finances and donations made by family and friends, they pay the $300 monthly salaries of St. Joseph’s committed teachers and the $250 tuition for children of the 160 families unable to afford this yearly expense. No child is turned away for financial reasons from this “private” school.

Update from Haiti:

The private school, founded by Maurice's father, (St. Joseph) was devastated in the quake. This was the school NT was supposed to help renovate. However, Maurice reports that his family is okay. Maurice has learned his brother and sister are alive , but his sister's home was destroyed and is living on the street. Waiting to hear from Jean.
From: Lazar, Deborah, librarian [part of NT staff trip to Haiti last summer]
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2010 9:56 AM


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