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Group helps build school for Haitian orphans

By Holly Brantley - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's an exclusive look at local efforts to bring hope to Haiti. Holly Brantley of Heartland News traveled to Port Au Prince, Hinche, and Thomassique with the group Out of Poverty Thru Education.  

She discovered Port Au Prince is still very much a city of tents and blue tarps.  In the year since the earthquake, Haiti has also struggled with Cholera, the return of an exiled dictators, and so called flawed elections.

Now that's why OPTE says it's more important now than ever to the reach children of the country and give them a chance to get an education and turn the country around.

Skip Wrape, a Cape Girardeau businessman, says he discovered upon his first trip to Haiti the children were hungry to learn.  He traveled to Thomassique with his friend, Father Rahab Isidor several years ago.  Father Isidor spent time at in Cape Girardeau, and is a native of Thomassique.

Out of Poverty Thru Education partnered with Rotary Clubs from Cape Girardeau to Hinche, Haiti and other organizations to raise money to make the dream of a real education a reality for these kids.  As the children of Thomassique poured through the gates at the new school location, they came in by the dozens.  Wrape says he was surprised to see so many.

"The need is really great," said Wrape. "They are ready to learn."

The security wall that will surround the classrooms is complete, and the school will hopefully be completed by the fall.

The kids are so eager and happy about the progress, they wrote a letter to the men and women of Out of Poverty thru Education.

"This visit brings us hope," read Father Isidor.

Many of the children have no parents.  They are poor, and hungry. As Holly and the people of OPTE saw, the world away from the city is much different than the destruction of Port Au Prince.  Haitians feel there needs to be more projects like the school built by OPTE.

"This will help us for years down the road," said Mathe Marin of OPTE.  Marin also calls Thomassique home.

Learn more about Out of Poverty Thru Education by visiting their website.

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