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Charlottesville Nonprofit Constructs Two New Schools in Haiti

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Two new schools are now standing in Haiti thanks to Charlottesville's Building Goodness Foundation (BGF). Both will provide new futures for a new generation of Haitians and help the country rebuild.

Last weekend, BGF was in Haiti for the dedication ceremonies. BGF built the Duklo Secondary School after the original one crumbled in the earthquake.  The modern middle school sits in a rural part of Haiti and will provide a basic education, which many are lacking. The Excelsior Technical Institute in Thomassin will be used to train students in best building practices.

Many children in Haiti do not have access to schooling because you have to pay to go to school. Many families can only afford to send their children to school for a few months at a time, or not at all.

"At this point because he doesn't have a real trade and real skill and he does rock work and he wants to improve it and increase his skills to be able to get jobs in other places," said Jean Robert Jules, a mason from Haiti, through on-site translator.

The trade school has two large classrooms and a shop. The Duklo School has three classrooms, one of which will be a computer lab.     

The trade school will open in September. The Duklo School opened last October and already has a number of students enrolled.

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