28th January 2010
It is now some two weeks since the earthquake, force 7, hit the country of Haiti with such devastation. We have all seen the graphic results of this disaster with so many killed, injured, homeless or orphaned,
The Brothers have 11 establishments in Haiti, where we have been for nearly 150 years, but the 5 in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince, the capital have been virtually destroyed. The international aid coming from governments is impressive but the voluntary donations of the British people is extremely generous, amounting to more than £40 million to date.
The Brothers’ schools around the world are uniting to raise funds to help when the international aid has been allocated. There will certainly be the need to refurnish and restock schools from private donations once the international aid has supported a new infrastructure and tackled the large projects to restore water, communications, buildings etc.
We are encouraging parents to contribute to our appeal, especially if you have not yet responded through other channels. The pupils and older students have been imaginative in suggesting ways they would like to pursue to raise funds. This too is a very commendable initiative. We will be able to guarantee that donations will reach the needy in Haiti without any top slicing for administration.
Cheques should be made payable to “The Brothers of Christian Instruction ”. with your envelope marked “Haiti Appeal”.
We will keep you informed on the response to this appeal and thank you in advance for your generosity.