Saturday 7 February 2015
We're really excited to announce that after five years of hard work and fundraising by our members, and the generosity of our donors, we've almost got enough money to start construction.
We've raised over £200,000 GBP to date ($300,000 USD) which, for a project that started from nothing, is a massive achievement. So, huge thanks for being a part of it.
This week we've been in Haiti negotiating a school construction partnership with Fondation Digicel, who will invest both project management expertise and additional funding in our school construction project. Partnering with them will allow us to start school construction as early as March, with a view to completing phases 1 and 2 by as soon as early 2016.
While this is amazing news for the Port-au-Prince community we've been working with, we fall short of the budget required to deliver everything they need - particularly in such uncertain times for Haiti.
With what we currently have, we can just about build 12 safe, but inflexible classroom units providing for 500 school girls with a small toilet block and kitchen facilities - or 15 units and nothing else.
With £85,000 more we could build 18 units, have flexible walls in phase 2 for community activity, with proper accessibility for 9 of the units and all of the playgrounds. Adding these extra 3 classroom units will allow the Sisters to educate 120 more girls annually.
With £115,000 more we could add the above flexible classrooms and a kitchen to feed over 1000 students daily and run cookery courses for young adults
With £150,000 more we could have all the above classrooms, kitchen facilities, in addition to enough toilets, and much better landscaping to connect toilets and playgrounds.
Any additional or smaller donations, will be used to provide solar security lighting, improve accessibility, and to make the most of playground space. We'll push the plans as far as the budget can go.
So, inspired by the generosity of our donors and the success of our crowdfunding campaign a year ago, we are reaching out through our network once again in the hope that you can help us to make the biggest possible impact in the lives of these girls and their surrounding community. With the end of the tax year fast approaching, this is a great time to reach out to your contacts (individuals, companies or foundations) that might be open to pledging more money before the end of this tax year.
We have 6 months before we have to transfer monies for phase 2, and 100% of the investment will go straight into construction this year. With just little more money, we could add enormous value to hundreds of young Haitian girls.
With many thanks again to everyone who has supported our efforts over the last five years,
The Thinking Development Team