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We are celebrating the fact that the school building for the teachers and children in Desarmes is now over halfwaycompleted. The building began in October 2016with clearing the land and putting in the first foundation. The laststeps of plastering and painting were completed by the end of February. The school will be three buildings in a U-shape when completed. The completedportion of the school is four rooms. The second portion with four rooms will face it across as courtyard. Closing in one end will be an office and store room with a small open-air roomfor cooking a noon meal. We are aiming for a June dedication of the completed building. The building is dedicated to the career and memory ofBob Johnson, who was principal of a school inLake Geneva, WI. We are indebted to Children's World Impact for funding this project.

Updated Web Page and email address has a new look to it. If you have not checked out our web site in a while please take a moment and take a look. You will find it updated with new information and photos. We also have a new email, when contacting Schools4Haiti you can now use this new address. The mailing address is still the same S4H 301 Wyota St Cassville, WI 53806

Teacher Certification

The teachers have begun a three-year teacher certification course. Your donations have helped pay the tuition for these teachers. Only about 15% of the teachers in Haiti have certification to teach. We are proud of our teachers for wanting to improve themselves and their willingness to enroll in this course, they are grateful for the opportunity.

Here is a story from a first-gradeteacher, Luciane Louis,

who is in her final year of teacher certification courses. We congratulate her on her hard work.

The topic that helps me teach the students better is Psychology. This course allows me to know what kind of students I can have in my classroom. It helps me know what kind of teaching I must give to each of them, because every child has a way in which he can learn. Psychology shows me how to deal with the behavior of the children in the classroom. I am very happy to be chosen to go for certification because it makes me love teaching children more.

Can you spot the six men from Minnesota in the crowd?

Six handymen from Minnesota headed to Haiti on February 23. Their combined 12 hands along withHaitian workers accomplished many tasks at the children's Homes in Mirebalais and Desarmes. We thank Roger Langseth, Kevin Kastler, Christian Jurgensen, Joe Druga, Marcus Kendall and Jeff Anderson for sharing their time and skills to make these need improvements.

Electrical Work One of the projects the men worked on was to complete the wiring for electrical lights in the dorms, classrooms, and hallways at our site in Mirebalais. Electricity is provided by generator or solar panels. Thanks to the men, the children will be able to have light in the evenings and the classrooms will be much brighter. They also installed lighting in the girls' dormitory in Desarmes.

Painting Project The men probably had to arm wrestle the paint brushes fromthe children who wanted to help, just so they could do a little of the painting on the dormitory and the school building in Desarmes. While the men were inside connecting the electrical wires and boxes the children jumped in to help paint.

We are so grateful for your financial support of Schools4Haiti. While books, benches, beds, and buildings are very important, it is the people who make the difference in the lives of children. These are just a few of the people that have a steady incomebecause of yourinvolvement. Thank you. If you wish to donate go towww.schools4haiti.comor mail your check to schools4haiti 301 Wyota Cassville, WI 53806.

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