Students at École des Grands-Cèdres in Port Alberni are hoping to raise $2,000 to build a well for a school in Tête Source, Haiti.
The project began when teacher Céline Hamel searched for somewhere to donate old textbooks, games and other material that was outdated for the Port Alberni school, but would be good for another French-speaking school with limited resources.
Hamel was introduced to Pauline and Bazelais Danoit, whose children attend École Océane secondary school in Nanaimo.
The Danoits in 2010 started a Haitian relief society and could get the school supplies to their destination.
After learning the Danoits travel to Haiti every year to oversee improvements to École Tête Source, Hamel thought more could be done.
“In my heart and in my mind, water is the most essential need,” Hamel said.
“There is a little bit of water (at the school) but not clean water.”
Students at École des Grands-Cèdres will learn about Haiti in the coming weeks, and Hamel hopes they will be able to hold a live video chat with their Tête Source counterparts via a laptop a Port Alberni parent is donating to the Haitian school.
École des Grands-Cèdres will also hold garage sales and bake sales in the coming weeks for their well project. Anyone wishing to make a donation may drop into the school’s office adjacent to Alberni Elementary School, or call 250-723-5614.
Donations may also be made directly to the Danoit Haitian Relief Society at www.danoit.com.