A Big Day for Haitian Children
January 26, 2011, was a "big day" for UMCOR Haiti--and an even bigger day for 700 Haitian children who now have the opportunity to continue their education.
In a ceremony widely attended by children, parents, United Nations and Haitian government officials, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Haiti, a transitional school built last year was inaugurated, and its administration passed to the Haitian Ministry of Education.
The construction of the primary school's nine classrooms was implemented by UMCOR in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and funded by Emergency Relief Response Fund, which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The school is located in the Corail resettlement camp, temporary home to some 10,000 Haitians who were displaced when their homes were destroyed by the January 12, 2010, earthquake.
According to UNICEF, about 5,000 schools were turned into rubble in the disaster, as was the building that housed the Ministry of Education. Since the earthquake, more than half of the 2.2 million primary-school-age children in Haiti are not in school.
Photo: UMCOR Haiti Program Officer Josny Mehu says these classrooms will help educate hundreds of Haitian children at Camp Corail. The primary school was formally inaugurated January 26.
Photo Credits:Mike DuBose/UMNS