Hand in Hand for Haiti is a collective response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country on January 12.
The project, which has generated extraordinary support has built a world-class educational facility in an area of great need. The school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable opened on October 3, 2011.
The hurricane-proof, anti-seismic, sustainable school complex will offer accessible education from pre-school to secondary school, in Saint-Marc, Haiti, an area of great need.
The school will be built in stages, to the point where it will ultimately house around 720 students, from pre-school to (ultimately) secondary school. Bilingual education English-French with best in class academic standards in alignment with Haitian academic curriculum.
The devastation in Haiti has acted as a clarion call for international action and assistance. Leaders in the industry are answering the call, responding with compassion and a bold long-term strategy for the future of Haiti.
Education is the single most important determinant of an individual's potential to escape poverty in Haiti. High-quality education in a world-class school is key to the growth, strength and long-term recovery of Haiti and vital to the spirit and independence of its people. Working as partners with the local government in the Commune of Saint-Marc, Hand in Hand for Haiti is embarking on an ambitious and essential plan to finance, build and run a landmark school that will be accessible to all children and provide excellence at every level of education.
How Hand in Hand for Haiti began
On January 12th, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing at least 230,000 and injuring tens of thousands more.
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The Republic of Haiti is located in the Caribbean basin
(which, geographically, is part of North America), in the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Hispaniola is the second-largest island in the Greater Antilles (one of the 3 island groups in the Caribbean - it comprises Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico). It is situated to the west of the Dominican Republic.