Cadet School Inauguration: Creating a
Jimmy Jean-Louis cuts the ribbon.
Cadet, Haiti -- January 14, 2011
- Accompanied by the Haitian singer Belo,
and in the presence of over a hundred children; the
Hollywood actor and President of Hollywood Unites for
Haiti, Jimmy Jean Louis, on Thursday,
January 14, 2011 inaugurated an elementary school ”ESPOIR
SAN FAIM-HUFH in the town of Cadet.
Designed to accommodate three hundred (300) children,
the school currently has one hundred twenty (120 children)
and is provided with three buildings with seven classes.
Other buildings are being built to accommodate more
children, benches and tables furnish the new classroom
space and faculty veteran are ready to supervise the
The new school.
The school; ESPOIR SANS FAIM-HUFH
is housed on thirteen thousand square meters. The land
is a gift from the Petit family, a family from the town
Father Louis, the parish priest of Our Lady of Notre
Dame, who officiates in the community, welcomes the
initiative. “With this school, more than a hundred
children will benefit fruits of Education”, said
the Catholic priest.
The presence of the stars at Cadet is viewed as a gesture
of human solidarity, "said Jonas Petit, executive
director of HUFH Haiti, “The children breathed
an air of hope and encouragement in their struggle for
survival” he says.
Actor Jimmy Jean Louis and Hollywood Unites for Haiti
Foundation (HUFH) have set up a football team with kids
from the school to combine sport and education. “One
day, one goal” is the slogan of the team and the
dream of the little geniuses of Cadet.
Actor Jimmy Jean Louis by this initiative provides
the opportunity for hundreds of children to go to school
and contribute to the development of the children of
Cadet is currently devoid of basic infrastructure but
is rich in potential.
It should be recognized that HUFH has received a grant
from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
an initiative of the Foundation Hollywood Unites for
Haiti for the construction of the school “ESPOIR
SANS FAIM- HUFH.
written by Inauguration attendee,
Merline J. RAPHAEL
We did it! We opened Cadet school to over a hundred
students. The school is equipped with desks, benches,
books, new solar panels.
We have part time volunteers teaching the students
on a rotating schedule, our goal is raise enough funds
to employ full time teachers.
We haven't just built a school in the mountains, we
are helping to structure a sustainable community. Local
participation in securing the future of the school is
our top priority. We will always work with the community,
and respond to their needs.
There are plans to;
• Develop the surrounding
land to grow our own food to feed the children a hot
meal on school days.
• Install solar panels donated
by The Haiti Green Project.
• Build a well to facilitate
water distribution to the area because the nearest water
source is a 2 to 3 miles walk and inaccessible by car.
• Encourage parental participation
and provide adult classes.Please continue to support
HUFH by giving what you can, talk about the work we
do and keep informed of the situation in Haiti.
We are always open to ideas and suggestions.
The new school.
HUFH was able to furnish the school with new benches
and desks. Without our strategic partners, volunteers
and dedicated team in Haiti, the school would not have
been built! THANK YOU!
Our partner Pan American Development Foundation
gave a generous grant for the construction of the school.
Puma for donating soccer gear for
The Petit family of Cadet donated
the land on which to build to the school.
Father Louis, of Our Lady of Notre Dame
gave logistical support.
Maike Kruger from the German Red Cross
helped with transportation and raising funds to equip
the class room.
Guillaume Albert, the architect who
designed the school.
Marie Carmel Gabriel, Executive Director of
Haiti Green Project, who donated solar panels
for the school!
The Global Syndicate Haiti Week fund
Rod Roddenberry for his generous donation
Our team in Haiti, Carene Calixte
and our Executive Director Jonas Petit.
Seven instructors (pictured above) will take turns teaching
the children on a rotating schedule. They are part time
volunteers until funds can be raised to put them on
a full time salary. That's where we need you.
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable
aid organization based in Los Angeles that that is lead
by Jimmy Jean-Louis. www.hufh.org.
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