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GraceCorps to help schools in Haiti

$848 of $10k goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
Robers Dolcine  ROSWELL, GA
My name is Robers. I was born in Haiti.  I started my professional life as a journalist.  At 22 years of age, I was very fortunate to leave Haiti and studied in Canada.  Somewhat I never felt at peace knowing the depth of poverty that I left behind.  That is how in 1996 I started Grace Corps with a group of friends in Haiti. Today we are linked to 32 schools and have trained more than 200 teachers in some of the remotest places of Haiti. 
Hurricane Matthew has destroyed nearly 50% of those schools.  Many of the teachers living in Pestel, Baraderes, Mamolette, have found themselves on the path of this cruel storm.  We would like to help some of them rebuild as soon as possible.  These are the folks that hosted me many times in their flimsy houses (where rats are a familiar sight).  People who are used to live life with little hope but abundant joy. 
We will be buying tin sheets for the roofs of their houses roughly $200  per household.  The money will also serve to fix the cracks of those houses. Part of it will secure their meals for at least a week.  We firmly believe in sustainable development.  So, we will also buy seeds to help them restore their fields. 
The hit that they suffered from the hurricane is but the tip of the iceberg.  A severe famine will settle in Haiti  in the coming days that could be catastrophic.  We will do due diligence to ensure the food safety of those we have been working with since 1996.  
I would love to visit those people, many of them are like family to me.  But I know I will need more to show them than a big smile no matter how sincere and comforting it can be.  You will be helping us telling them that people do care. 
Why Grace Corps and not the Red Cross?  The answer is simple.  It takes a different kind of commitment to travel ten hours by truck, two hours by boat, and two hours climbing 4000ft above sea level (all in one day to reach some of them).  Much of the help the UN or CARE or the Red Cross will bring will vanish before reaching them.  One of the teachers we know since 2000 who is the representative of the Red Cross in his village told me that he knew about the hurricane's threat only three hours before it hit his village.  Trust me, they will not hear about any help until it passes them by. 
Please help us bring some hope to our friends we will be forever grateful and they will be as well. 
Thank you.

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Update 4
Posted by Robers Dolcine
2 months ago
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Give a small gift of 10, 20 or 30 dollars to Haitian children living in some of the most difficult parts of the country. Please help us provide quality education to these children by helping in the rebuilding effort of the schools ravaged by hurricane Matthew.
School in Bocozelle, Artibonite
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Ecole La Grange
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Update 3
Posted by Robers Dolcine
2 months ago
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The situation has improved somewhat in Haiti. The period of constant rain that followed the hurricane has help the trees to start blooming again. However, the need to help people linked with Grace Corps to rebuild is still there and your help as low as $5 will be greatly appreciated.
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Update 2
Posted by Robers Dolcine
4 months ago
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The situation is not looking good at all for Grace Corps' friends in Haiti. Folks in Pestel said that they have not seen any help coming their way. Even Baradères in the Nippes Department, where the president came from, is going through harder times than what they were facing right after the hurricane. Please do not forget your pledges.
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Posted by Robers Dolcine
4 months ago
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I have been able to speak to three of the Grace Corps representatives in Haiti. They are safe but they have reported that most of the people in their villages are homeless. Around the Baraderes area 1000 houses are completely destroyed and 41 people are confirmed dead. We need to act quickly to bring some help to the hardest to reach areas. Please help.
Flood from hurricane Matthew, Haiti
Church destroyed by hurricane Matthew
Church destroyed by hurricane Matthew
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$848 of $10k goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
Created October 10, 2016
CB
$100
Christine Biasetti
15 days ago
FD
$100
Frederieka Van Driel
1 month ago

May God Bless you and grant you travelling mercies. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures and updates of how the people and work you support in Haiti are doing. Your sister in the Lord, Frederieka.

PL
$40
Penny Long
2 months ago
$208
Anonymous
3 months ago
DM
$200
Diana Moll
4 months ago
WN
$200
William Newitt
4 months ago
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