Sunday, March 14, 2010

The school in Thomassique is in an unfinished building. Classrooms are separated by tarp hanging over a cable or rope as you can see in the above picture to the left.
These children are the fortunate ones, their parents can afford uniforms and shoes.
The conditions are basic as you can see. There are about 400 children learning in this school with 14 teachers. I was amazed at how well-behaved and how attentive they were. We arrived unannounced around lunch time when the younger children were being fed rice and beans.
If every shcool district in the metro Saint Louis area were to adopted just one school in Haiti, conceivably 10 schools like this would have a sponsor. It would be so simple and inexpensive. All they need is chalk, pencils, paper, pencil sharpeners, some maps and teaching aids for the walls and used books..... One small fundraiser a year would be enough to provide a school like this with the simple elements to make learning so much easier and better for these children....
It's so damn simple....

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