Leogane is still struggling to recover from the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 30,000 area residents and destroyed approximately 90 percent of the town’s buildings—including the state-of-the-
“It took 25 years to gather resources and build the school. It was two levels—huge—
The partially rebuilt school educates and ensures at least one meal a day to approximately 300 students, but educating without books is a challenge. As the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, books are scarce and only 15% of Haiti’s schools have libraries.
FVM is conducting a book donation drive until March 7th. “English books are easy, but we need books in French [one of Haiti’s two official languages], especially French books for children ages five to 17,” said Valme-Daleus.
A U.S. based importer of French language books, French Books Online, is working with FVM to meet this need, providing discounts and a gift registry to facilitate donations.
About Fernande Valme Ministries
Initiated in 1973, Fernande Valme Ministries (http://fernandevalmeministries.org/
About French Books Online
Established in 2002, French Books Online (http://www.frenchbooksonline.com/