United Way Rebuilds School in Haiti

United Way Trinidad & Tobago has opened the doors of the newly rebuilt St. Joseph of Cluny Sisters’ primary school in Haiti. Built in partnership with the Digicel Foundation Haiti, Ecole Mere Louise is named after Mère Louise Wright, a Trinidadian religious, foundress of the St. Joseph of Cluny Mission in Haiti in June 1864.

The original structure was totally destroyed by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 leaving the children to attend classes in shared tents and hangars of another nearby school.

CEO of United Way, Mrs. Pamela Francis and colleague Mrs. Gail Weeks were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the school. Mrs. Francis indicated that “Education is high on the agenda of United Way as we believe that it is a key element in the development of a nation”. She also went on to highlight the importance of partnerships without which “this significant addition to United Way’s relief efforts in Haiti would not have been possible”; United Way Worldwide, United Way Trinidad & Tobago and Digicel Foundation Haiti came together to make this happen.

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