Aug 10, 2010

UFCW Members' Donations Hard at Work in Haiti

UFCW members and staff who donated so generously after the Haitian earthquake can rest assured their dollars are doing some good: that money is currently building new schools and a new future for the children of Haiti.

The UFCW has partnered with Hope for Haiti to support the rebuilding of a computer lab and library at St. Francois de Sales school in the neighborhood of Riviere Froide, commune of Carrefour, Port-au-Prince.

Before the earthquake, the school provided education to more than 1,350 students in the kindergarten, primary and secondary levels. Carrefour is near the epicenter of the earthquake, and the school was reduced to rubble. UFCW funds are being matched by Hope for Haiti so that the entire project can be completed. The first two photos here, including the one at left, are of one of the teachers at the school, Sister Gisele, and several of the students there.

The UFCW is also working with the Mortel Family to rebuild James Stine College, a high school in Haiti. The second set of three pictures shows some of the students who will be attending that school, and the construction of the school as it progresses. The banner in the last three pictures reads: "Children Today, Leaders Tomorrow: To the Children of St. Marc from the Working Men and Women of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union."

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