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Weekend Yard Sale to Support Haitian School, Orphanage

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This weekend you can shop around for some unique finds, and feel good about the money you're spending because it's going toward helping children in a developing nation.  

People in our community are hosting a huge yard sale supporting a school and orphanage in Haiti. The school is funded by the Charlottesville-based nonprofit Robert Ford Orphanage and School Foundation with the help of many people throughout our region.

Every year they raise thousands of dollars for the hundreds of children who go to the school with the yard sale. 

The school started in 2001 and is currently in its 11th year. Now, 700 students from kindergarten through high school attend the school in Grison-Garde, Haiti.

"We have orphan kids going to college, which is a huge deal," said Raymond Ford, president of the Robert Ford Foundation. "Education is a huge deal for success in Haiti, for survival even. Oh, you need food, you need medical care, you need that. That's very important, and clean water. But if you're not educated you're not going anywhere."

The school is built and managed by people in Grison-Garde. Students learn many subjects including English, and all primary students get a free meal on school days. 

Primary and secondary school children share the same classrooms. Primary students attend the school in the morning and secondary in the afternoon. There is also an orphanage, an elderly village, and a vocational school on the complex.

Ford said he hopes to one day expand the school, if his organization can find the resources to do so.

The yard sale is a community-wide effort, and it offers a wide-range of unique items. There are clothes, kitchen supplies, art, and holiday decorations. Everything from 50 cent mugs, to $300 china, all donated for sale to support the school.

Organizers hope to raise $10,000 to $12,000 at the yard sale. It takes place Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mount Olivet Church in Red Hill.

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