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Earthquake destroys building but not dream
Nonprofit group builds library in Haiti, one French book at a time
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/
Geraldine Valme-Daleus, FVM Library Director
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