Project #7306

Reconstruct school for 200 rural students in Haiti

by Shashamane Sunrise

January is back to school time for many of the children that we support. It is usually a time of great excitement for students as they are keen to share stories of the schools holidays, vacation activities with their families and the gifts and presents they received. For students who live in the rural and inner city communities we serve it can be a time of great anxiety and they struggle to find the necessary school and classroom supplies to start the school term.

On a positive note, Shashamane Sunrise has been selected as one of four charities to take part in the January Education Appeal of global donor marketplace Global Giving UK. The appeal highlights our effort at Okoboi Primary School in Ngora, Uganda to help reconstruct the school’s dilapidated roof and buildings.  For more information see our Project Page, website or our Facebook Page.

You can help. Give us two minutes of your time. Help us promote the Back to School Appeal:


  • Like us on Facebook, Twitter and refer a friend or colleague
  • Make a donation
  • Host a Back To School Fundraiser 

During the campaign, everyone who makes a donation of USD$25 or more will receive a Shash Tee. Additionally, if you host your own Shashamane Sunrise Fundraiser, one lucky person will be eligible to receive a roundtrip ticket to one of our ShashTours during the year. For more information e-mail:

In the Spring of this year we will visit Haiti as part of a site visit to prepare for a Fall Service Tour. We are seeking volunteers to travel with us to Haiti. Please email us if you are able to travel.


The current schedule for the Shash Service Tours is:


  • ShashT&T: 23-30 Jun
  • ShashJAM: 1-7 Jul
  • ShashUGX: 18-24 Aug  
  • ShashKEN: 25-31 Aug
  • ShashETH: 1-14 Sep
  • ShashHTI: 27 Nov - 1

We are also seeking volunteers to help us organize an Art Exhibit in New York City this summer to benefit the school.

We have recently completed a Grant for some funding for the building construction at Marion School. See attachment. We would welcome any suggestions for any funding agencies we can submit it to.


Best Wishes for the New Year to everyone.




The start of the the new school year usually represents a time of great excitement for our young children who are eager to learn but for the parents and students who live in rural communities in Africa and the Caribbean it can be a time of great anxiety as they frequently do not have the resources to purchase much needed school and classroom supplies. This has been one area in which we have tried to support the students and their parents. We appreciate your donations in helping to provide these basic needs.

On the capital project side, we have also received the revised estimate of the cost to construct the school building which represents a reduction in the overall cost. We are currently working on a grant proposal to try get the construction started during the 2012-2013 school year.

We are also keen to conduct another site visit to Haiti during this year.


Shashamane Sunrise remains committed to assisting in the development of Haiti. We want to ensure that the students, in the schools we have selected to work in, have the necessary resources to foster improvements in their education.

In the last week of June 2012, a team from Shashamane Haiti including executive officers, board members, volunteers and ambassadors will visit Haiti as part of our service visit and site visit. The main goals of the visit are to assess the logistics of a larger service visit possibly including the Yale Alumni Association and a Dental & Medical Mission in 2013, as well as finding suitable local partners to help with construction of the six-classroom block at the Marion School in Corail, Grand Anse. Shashamane will also be conducting a Needs Assessment at two potential schools in (Aux) Les Cayes in southern Haiti. We will also commence planning for our signature fundraiser, the Shash Global Concert Series in 2013, meeting with show promoters and potential performers. 

Following a very productive meeting with Joao Alexio of Yale Alumni Association Service Tours, YAA identified three key concerns that Shashamane must address to facilitate the partnership for the service visit in Haiti in 2013. They are:

Security: Shashamane is working with Shashamane Jamaica Chair and security expert Lt Damian Small to
evaluate the security concerns with the planned Haiti trip in 2013. We also expect to get support from the government security personnel

Public Health: Shashamane USA Board Member Dr Tiphani Burrell, a public health professional, is tasked with evaluating the public health concerns that would be important for our Haiti visit.

Logistics:  Accommodation, transportation, telecommunications, food and other partners are being sought to help with the logistics of the tour.

Yale Service Trips build on the diverse talents and energies of our alumni volunteers to provide critical services to communities in need. Projects vary from construction to medicine, education, athletics, small business consulting, and more. These programs provide opportunities to work alongside people in the local community, enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchange, and form incredible bonds with fellow alumni who share a passion for service.

Shashamane co-founder, Dr Rene Williamson, GRD ’05, Dr Tiphani Burrell PH, Shashamane USA Chair Dr Weslynne Ashton, GRD ’08, Shashamane Program Services Chair Prof Josh Guild GRD ‘07 and Shashamane Haiti Co-Chairs, Dr James Beaty, GRD ’04 and Dr Emmanuelle Clerisme, MED ‘04 are all Yale alums.

Shashamane Haiti has also engaged the Clinton Foundation to assist with logistical help in our planning for Shashamane Service Visit in 2013. In particular we seek logistics helps for our rural electrification project being led by ShashUK Vice-Chair, Philipp Blechinger. The Marion PS currently does not have electricity from the grid. Shashamane is investigating the installation of a Solar Energy alternative at the school.

As part of a planned strategic expansion in the support we give to Haiti the Shashamane Sunrise team will also use the visit to evaluate two potential sponsored schools in Aux( Les) Cayes. Our hope is to identify a Shashamane Sponsored school in the southern part of the island.

The Shashamane Haiti Service Visit in 2013 will also include a Medical and Dental Mission to the Caribbean island, where we will conduct dental and medical workshops for the school and community.

In July/August, we will be developing a two year plan for the school, and in September, we will conduct an assessment of its human, financial and material needs.


In the past few months we have been making contacts with a couple of foundations and a local cement manufacturer to get some support for our plan to help with the construction of the building for the Marion PS in Grand Anse.

We have received some positive responses from the Digicel Foundation which has asked us to submit a proposal with our scope of works and budget for consideration for one of their grants for Haiti redevelopment. The cement manufacturer has also indicated that they may be willing to donate some building materials to the school.

To date we have contacted 3 local contractors for estimates for the construction of a enclosed structure where the students can hold their classes. As we described before, they are currently studying under what is effectively a tent with no walls or even partitions for the different classes.

Our goal is also to hold a Haiti Fundraiser this fall to raise more money to get our project started. We appreciate your support to date and please share our feedback with your friends and family as our small individual donors still provide the largest support for our schools. Again with our collective efforts we can deliver this building for the children.

Thank you,

Shashamane Haiti Team


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Location: Stamford, CT - USA
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