When Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake just outside Port-au-Prince, over 100,000 people were killed and 250,000 homes collapsed or were severely damaged. About half the nation’s schools were affected, leaving young people homeless and without access to safe places to learn.
It all started when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.
An honest appreciation across the ocean.
Through a curriculum including webcasts and interactive videoconferencing with Haitian students, our teams had the unique opportunity to broaden their horizons and global understanding. Students from schools across the world asked one another about their respective cultures and daily life. They discussed what traditional foods they eat, music they listen to, and everyday activities. Across the board there were warm sentiments shared and an honest appreciation of being together.
Students around the world answered our call, and their efforts helped rebuild 4 schools.
Over 3,000 students from nine countries came together to raise funds, and with a matching donation from the Bezos Family Foundation, a total of $500,000 was donated. Architecture for Humanity used these funds to rebuild four schools that serve primary and secondary students around the country.
These efforts helped provide classrooms for 1,850 Haitian students. Working closely with school leaders, Architecture for Humanity built schools that celebrate Haiti and improve the learning conditions for future students.
Rebuilding the only free private school in the Jacmel area.
École La Dignité is a free private school that supports eight localities in the Jacmel area of Haiti. After the rebuild, the school continues to serve more than 225 students annually from grades 1-6 and intends to expand its program to include grades 7 and 8, requiring the construction of two new classrooms at the front of the property. The extension of École La Dignité on Haiti's Caribbean coast uses riverstone, local bamboo and outdoor rooms to create a unique space for learning.
Increased enrollment after rebuild of a school in Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger.
In 2010, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger was a six-classroom, 12-grade school built just a few years prior. It needed to be entirely replaced after the earthquake. The Haiti team began design by conducting collaborative sessions with designers, school owners and faculty. They worked with Haitian builders and artisans to pinpoint Montrouis' identity and passion for learning. The reconstruction of eight classrooms for a 400-student school devastated by the earthquake brought national praise and 25% increased enrollment.
Historic vocational school for girls rebuilt in Pele, Port-au-Prince.
Elie Dubois is a girls' vocational school run by seven nuns that serves approximately 250 students. The school is located two blocks from the presidential palace in downtown Port-au-Prince and the campus includes several historic buildings dating back to 1913. Students Rebuild worked to rebuild the cafeteria and kitchen, and renovate the surviving schoolhouse. Girls from Elie regularly participated in interactive videoconferences, as well as webcasts on the development of Haiti, through the 2010-2011 school year.
It all started in January 2010.
In the first-ever Students Rebuild Challenge, youth and the Bezos Family Foundation partnered to support people in Haiti through Architecture for Humanity and Global Nomads Group after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Students were invited to raise money and then have their efforts matched by the Bezos Family Foundation.
By the Numbers
Efforts to raise money by 105 teams were matched dollar to dollar by the Bezos Family Foundation and overall the challenge gathered $350,000 for rebuilding in Haiti.
The money raised during this challenge benefitted students, families, and faculty of four schools in Haiti. Funds were able to rebuild these four schools and aid in supporting the people involved with the schools.
Where we came from
Haiti Challenge Teaching Materials
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