Building Goodness Foundation News Release:

Charlottesville, VA – Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – Charlottesville-based nonprofit Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) is pleased to announce the completion of two projects and the launch of a third.

BGF volunteers and staff recently completed construction on a new secondary school in Haiti in partnership with the Robert Ford Haitian Orphanage & School Foundation, as well as an environmental education center in Costa Rica, a partnership with Osa Conservation.

With support from Charlottesville-based Robert Ford Haitian Orphanage & School Foundation, BGF coordinated the construction of a new secondary school in Grison-Garde, located in northern Haiti.

Since the 2010 earthquake, enrollment in the secondary school swelled to over 700 students, and classrooms designed for 30 students were holding more than 50. Despite this, the Robert Ford school boasts an 80% elementary and secondary completion rate and 90% literacy rate. With BGF’s addition of an expanded secondary school, the campus will be better able to serve and educate a larger number of Haitian youth. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/maranathaschool

In Costa Rica, BGF partnered with Osa Conservation and the blue moon fund to build a center for education, training, and research in agro-ecology, conservation, and natural sciences. 

The space will be used for local, regional, and international stakeholders ranging from local school children to international research institutions. This “green classroom” will be a center for education in biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture, ultimately fostering hands-on environmental education opportunities and development of community best practices in the Osa Peninsula. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/OsaBGF.

Beginning in September, BGF will send construction volunteers to work with G.O.A.L.S. (Global Outreach and Love of Soccer) Haiti to build a new community center in the remote village of Destra, Haiti. Here, G.O.A.L.S. works with community members to engage youth in service to advance health, environmental, and educational initiatives.

A community of 800 families, Destra lacks a school, a health clinic, and a place of worship, and the average family lives on $1.50 per day. The new community center will serve as a multi-purpose building for Destra, housing afterschool tutoring, teen programs, literacy classes, and health education. The building can also function as a medical clinic and host community meetings. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/BGF_GOALS.

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Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) is a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that connects skilled volunteers from the design and construction industries with vulnerable communities at home and abroad. In partnership with best-practice non-government organizations (NGOs) and domestic nonprofits, we build critically needed schools, health clinics, homes, and centers for ecological and economic development. To find out more, please visit www.buildinggoodness.org.