Songs have a way of inspiring action. As we recently passed the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, we were inspired by the lyrics of a song written to commemorate that event. We believe those lyrics exemplify what we are doing through your continued support.
We’ve been crumbled, we’ve been crushed City walls have turned to dust Broken hands and blistered feet We walk for miles to find relief When the thief takes, when our hopes cave You build us back You build us back When the earth shakes, when the world breaks You build us back You build us back (Build Us Back ~ Newsboys)
Thanks to you, we have been building back. On the Palmyra side of our project, our students have been involved in humanitarian efforts to feed the hungry in Haiti and raise funds to support our technology initiative there.
Recently, we were declared the fourth highest contributor in The Annual Cookie Sale To Combat World Hunger. Combined with last year’s effort, we have fed over 1,600 Haitians through the sale. Our students have also been selling sea bean seeds with inspirational pictures and phrases on them to support our work. We have adopted one of the sea bean quotations as a motto. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi) We are teaching our students in both Palmyra and Haiti to be the generation of change that will make the world a better place. Our sea beans are also a great symbol of what we are doing. We are planting seeds of hope through our technology initiative that will bear much fruit.
In addition to our sea bean sale, we recently created t-shirts for our project that are available for sale online. Proceeds from the sea bean and t-shirt sales also support our project.
On the Haiti side of our project, the students continued to make good use of their newly renovated computer room and the new Classmate PCs that you have made possible. On February 11th, fourteen GlobalGiving staff members put our project’s technology to the test by participating in a SKYPE video conference with our partner school in Haiti (Les Bons Samaritains). The session lasted nearly 30 minutes and gave both GlobalGiving and Les Bons Samaritains a glimpse into the power and potential behind the technology your contributions are creating.
Through all these successes, our need for support continues. The 20 laptops at Les Bons Samaritains are great, but few when put in the perspective of the school’s population of nearly 600 students. More laptops will make greater educational experiences available for larger number of students at the school. In addition, technology staffing costs, Internet connectivity costs and ongoing training in the usage of technology continues to require financial support.
Please mark the date of Tuesday, March 16th 2011, which is a GlobalGiving matching day. Starting at 12:01am EST, GlobalGiving will match any donation of $1000 or less to our project by 30% until their matching fund pool of $75,000 runs out.
You do “build us back” with your support. Thank you.
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