Alex Roznowski via Crowdrise
November 12, 2011
BENEFITING: The Haitian Project, Inc.
EVENT: GO! for a Cause
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 381
12/6/2011- An email I received from my brother, who wanted to explain LCS in his own words...
"For the past four months my sister Abi and I have been volunteering for a non-profit organization called The Haitian Project. We live and work at a secondary boarding school, Louverture Cleary School, located just outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since 1987 The Haitian Project has been educating Haiti’s poorest but brightest children for free. Currently, there are 365 students enrolled. Every day the students can be found cleaning their neighborhood, translating at local hospitals, tutoring more than 200 children and adults through after-school literacy programs, and challenging the notion that their country is devoid of hope. Over the past 24 years there have been more than 350 LCS graduates and 90% of whom, due in great part to our advising and scholarship programs, have steady jobs or are attending university. The school itself is also self-sufficient. With two wells, the campus and surrounding neighborhood is provided with clean drinking water. Solar panels capture and harness the brutal Haitian sun to power the campus. By employing Haitian community members and by buying locally whenever possible, The Haitian Project’s mission is widespread and ever growing.
Every day is physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausting. Mornings begin at 5 a.m. as I light the school incinerator and manage the school water system. I teach 7th grade English, 8th grade Physical Education, and 9th grade Computers. I have become a skilled laborer in construction as I help to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by the earthquake. I lead 80 students in an attempt to manage the surrounding neighborhood’s waste. I even cook dinner for the entire Haitian/American staff. These responsibilities amount to only the tip of the iceberg. But despite the demanding schedule, I still find time every Monday to coach the boys’ Varsity basketball team."
As many of you know, my sister Abi and brother Andy are volunteering in Haiti for an academic year at the Louverture Cleary School (LCS) which is supported and operated by a non-profit organization called The Haitian Project. LCS is a tuition-FREE, Catholic, co-educational secondary boarding school for economically under-privileged Haitian children who are both academically talented and motivated.
The basic premise that fuels the LCS community is…
"What you receive as gift, you must give as gift." -- Matthew 10:8.
Therefore, each LCS student is responsible for sharing their knowledge with more than 200 children and adults involved in after-school literacy programs, in addition to becoming active leaders of service in their community.
I will be running the GO! St. Louis Marathon on April 15th, 2012 to not only accomplish a personal goal, but to also raise money for The Haitian Project and the Louverture Clearly School. My GOAL is to raise $2,400 to cover one year’s tuition for two LCS students in honor of Abi and Andy, who I could not be any prouder to call my sister and brother!
*$7 a day to house, feed, and educated an LCS student.
*$1,200 to educate one student at LCS for one year.
*$175 dollars to buy enough books and supplies for one eager student.
*$143 to buy food for a student for one school year.
Any donation, big or small, is graciously appreciated. Thank you in advance for all of your support as I begin my fundraising and marathon training. Also, I welcome and encourage anyone who would like to help fundraise or even lace up his or her shoes with me to join The Haitian Project Marathon Team!
Love, Love, Love,
“A Louverture Cleary education can change a life, and through that life, a thousand more.”
Learn more about The Haitian Project, LCS, and what Abi and Andy are up to at http://haitianproject.org/
** I will also be recording the weekly mileage I run in the "Mileage Tracker" so you all can keep tabs on my training!