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Update from La Vallee: April 2010

La Vallee recently provided the following update on the school:

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Antonica shared with us the urgent need of getting the children back to school as quickly as possible. Thanks to all of you, much progress has already been made. Last week we wired funds collected at our event to the team in Haiti, and the next day construction began on a temporary structure to house 610 students at St. Paul’s School. Thanks to donations we have continued to receive over the past several weeks, we were able to send additional funds last week to complete this temporary school building. This means students were able to return to school last week for the first time in over three months. We hope that we can replicate this project for the numerous other schools that have been damaged in LaVallee.

Here are pictures of the St. Paul’s School project, showing construction underway and the completed temporary school building.


The La Vallee team


The students


Under construction



The need continues to grow as students who had been attending schools, now destroyed, in Port-au-Prince have returned home. Our team in Haiti is currently gathering student data and identifying those in need of help.

we are wiring funds so that Antonica can begin buying seeds and gardening tools to create self-sustaining family gardens. This pilot project will launch 15-20 gardens, and as funds increase we hope to be able to sponsor a garden for many of the five thousand families of LaVallee.

Thanks to all of you who have already contributed; Antonica and our team in Haiti are overwhelmed by your generosity. Currently, the LaVallee Alliance’s efforts are the most visible signs of relief and recovery in the area. We are making great progress, but the needs of LaVallee continue. It is only with on-going support that the people of LaVallee will be able to rebuild and create a self-sustaining vibrant community.

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