Hundreds of Haitian students displaced by the earthquake have enrolled in a school operated by a Connecticut-based organization. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
The Norwich-based Haitian Health Foundation constructed and runs the St. Pierre School, in the city of Jeremie, on the western end of Haiti. Thousands of families have left Port au Prince and are arriving in Jeremie, many hungry and dehydrated. Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, Haitian Health Foundation president Dr. Jerry Lowney says the St. Pierre School will hire more teachers and operate two shifts daily in order to accommodate the hundreds of children who need a place to go to school.
"We have about 500 in there already. In that particular school, we give the students..they’re very very poor students, we give them a meal every day. But I think the fact that we’re restoring some normalcy during some hours in their life where they’re in school, they’re in a social setting with other youngsters and they’re not wandering the streets..that was very important."
The Haitian Health Foundation has been working in Haiti for the past 28 years providing healthcare, nutrition and education services.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.