On the inauguration day of their new school, the students of Marre à Coiffe met us at the bottom of the mountain. As we hiked together for the next two and a half hours up a steep and narrow footpath, it was clear that the journey with us to the top of the mountain was their way of saying thank you for helping rebuild their school after it was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
Our gratitude for the students and the parents of Marre à Coiffe is reciprocal. Collaboration is a Hope for Haiti core value, and the support we received from the entire community was what made the new school project possible. It takes one person eight hours to transport a single bag of cement up the mountain to the new school site in Marre à Coiffe. We needed to transport more than 350 bags of cement and tons of construction materials up the mountain, and the parents of Marre à Coiffe stepped up to make that happen. They did it to improve the quality of education for their children. Read more