As news of survivors and victims of the earthquake in Haiti begin to come in, so many are concerned about the children in Haiti. The Private School community is a tightly knit family in any area, and many schools in NYC partner with sister and brother schools elsewhere in the world. The availability of news from Haiti, about any specific area, is difficult to gain right now, but reports about some schools have come in.
Robert Kennedy received the following email from Le College Notre Dame in Cap-Haitien.
At the moment, damage to schools has not been assessed. The question is: are there any schools still standing in Port-au-Prince? Some are totally destroyed and others partly, still others are cracked, etc.
Speaking of so-called “congregational” Firm Schools, as far as we know, the schools Père Basile Moreau, le Canado-Haïtien, Saint-Louis,
and Saint Jean l’évangéliste have been destroyed.
That’s all we can tell you for now. We hope a serious examination of this will be undertaken.
The situation in Haiti is dire and so many are in need of immediate attention in order to survive. Former American Presidents Bush and Clinton have joined together to coordinate efforts to provide relief to the Haitians through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned citizens can help is to donate funds that will go directly to supplying these material needs.
Through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, we will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. We will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families.
When the immediate threat to the survivors of this devastating earthquake have passed, the long term consequences will begin to take shape. Education often takes a backseat during a crisis, however, very soon schools in Haiti will need to rebuild and children will once again need the stability and future that an education and a school community provide, and the global Private School community should answer.