I feel as if this is almost a continuation of yesterday's post as this week's Community Tuesday was also about the recent devastation in Haiti and how anyone can help out. This talk was led by Maxandre Bien-Aime, founder of the Institution Mixte Nao Community School. It was entitled, "Kisa pou nou fe?" which translates from Creole to "What must we do?".
Already Shimer had prepared to help IMN out, hosting a bake sale at yesterday's assembly and raising $115. The Quality of Life Committee tripled this amount by donating $230. Our total donation of $345 is enough to sponsor a teacher in Haiti for three months or sponsor immediate assistance for thirteen Haitian children.
Maxandre spoke about the dire need of the Haitian children and how he began working with them.
From the IMN pamphlet:
"Maxandre founded IMN, a kindergarten/primary school, with his niece Naomi, in 2002. The focus, when founded, was to permit children in Darbonne, Leogane, not only to read and write, but to develop a vision of themselves and their world. IMN embraces a vision different from other schools in the community.
"At the time of the recent earthquake, the school had grown to house Kindergarden through 5th grade....
"Due to countless hurricanes which wrecked havoc on Haiti the past couple of years, the construction costs had more than tripled in the past year...."
Maxandre informed us that Haiti Partners has agreed to act as fiscal partners for IMN as they begin to rebuild. To donate, people can visit: www.haitipartners.org and mention IMN in the comment box.
Also, to keep track of Maxandre and the IMN as it rebuilds, visit: www.kids4good.org
Classes Today: None
Also: I finished my paper on poetry for Hum 2. The poem I picked is "New Rule" by Anne Carson.