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Haiti – A nation with a cross to bear – Independent.ie


Like many other buildings in Port-au-Prince, poorly-built extra storeys had been added as the landlord sought to cash in on the mantra that ‘education is a way out of poverty’.When we visited the site at Canape Vert a week after the quake, the bodies still entombed inside were decaying.The nearby one-storey school that Sineus ran also collapsed, but fortunately it was empty.Four years later, and he hasn’t been able to re-open.“We worked under a tarp for a while but it was too hot,” he says now, playing with his son Drisch 2. “I was working more with younger kids and it was too difficult for them.”Unable to find work for any meaningful period, he has struggled to put together the money needed to build a new school. His wife – another teacher – is working, but saving is a painfully slow process.Yet, he remains determined.“I don’t know how we will do it, but we will do it,” he says. “This is my goal, and my wife’s goal. This is where we are going.” via – Independent.ie

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