Students and school officials gathered with supporters today to celebrate a commitment to rebuild École Elie Dubois in downtown Port-au-Prince Haiti. As part of the celebration, students, some of whom are still living in tent camps more than a year after the earthquake there, took a moment to fold paper cranes in support of their fellow students in Sendai, Japan.
Elie Dubois is a secondary school run by seven nuns two blocks from the presidential palace. The campus supports a vocational program and several historic buildings to be restored. The school serves about 250 students.
As with all wonderful projects, funding is coming from a number of sources. The reconstruction of the new classroom blocks and the restoration of the historic buildings on the campus are made possible by support from Barefoot Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, Fondation CINA and UNESCO, as well as support from Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and Students Rebuild through Architecture for Humanity's Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince.