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An earthquake registering over 7.0 on the Magnitude scale has devastated the country of Haiti. Almost 100% of the schools in the earthquake zone have been damaged or destroyed. Due to the instability of all the buildings, the Haitian students are without schools and many of them have been left homeless, forced to live outside. Almost every Haitian citizen has been affected by this tragedy. Many of the families in La Valle have lost loved ones. A large number of those dead have been children attending schools in Port Au Prince or the surrounding area. Due to the overwhelming numbers of dead buried in mass graves, many of these families will never know what has happened to their children. This project will be dedicated to the rebuilding and repairing of the schools in the La Valle/Jacmel region of Haiti in order to provide hope for Haiti’s future.

[The project profile picture shows the high school before the earthquake.]


This project is an extension of the very successful sponsoring of the Haitian students in La Valle by the world community. La Valle is located in the mountains of Haiti, southwest of Port au Prince and north of the coastal town of Jacmel. LaValle was heavily damaged by the earthquake and aftershocks. Many of the schools are uninhabitable and many of the smaller schools are destroyed.


This project is crucial in supporting the education of the children of Haiti. The earthquake has not only destroyed homes and schools, but many of the businesses that the caregivers of these children rely on for income. Without outside aid, there is no hope for these communities to rebuild. Within a few days of the earthquake, the leaders and principals of the local schools met in the local marketplace in order to assess the damage and band together in support of each other. The immediate need is to repair and rebuild the school structures in order to allow the children to return to school. Many of these children rely on the school lunch as their only meal for the day.

Team Credentials

Our local team in La Valle, Theodore and Antonica Payen, are continuing to spearhead the support of the students and school principals of their community. Theodore is the president of the local cooperative development organization of Codeva, whose purpose is to support the development of projects in La Valle such as schools, gardens, the marketplace and the local hospital. Theodore and his family have been volunteering their leadership to Codeva for more than 20 years. He is an engineer and has had many years of experience in the local construction needs unique to Haiti.


  • Update from La Vallee: May 2010

    Below is an excerpt from La Vallee Alliance's most recent newsletter. If you are interested in contributing to their sports uniforms/school supplies drive and/or their school kitchen project, please visit the La Vallee Alliance website here . -- Dear Friends of LaVallee Alliance, Thank you again for your interest and support of our efforts to help the people of LaVallee de Jacmel, Haiti. As you can see from the note from Florine, your donations are making a real difference in the lives of LaVallee students. We have several new projects underway to tell you about! We are excited to be planning our trip to Haiti, scheduled for the second week of June. We have been meeting with key members of the NGO community here in D.C. involved in the Haitian relief efforts and plan to meet with their counterparts in Port au Prince. We hope to partner with these larger organizations, draw attention to our mountainous rural community, and learn from their expertise as we plan our future programs...
  • Update from La Vallee: April 2010

    La Vallee recently provided the following update on the school: --- Antonica shared with us the urgent need of getting the children back to school as quickly as possible. Thanks to all of you, much progress has already been made. Last week we wired funds collected at our event to the team in Haiti, and the next day construction began on a temporary structure to house 610 students at St. Paul’s School. Thanks to donations we have continued to receive over the past several weeks, we were able to send additional funds last week to complete this temporary school building. This means students were able to return to school last week for the first time in over three months. We hope that we can replicate this project for the numerous other schools that have been damaged in LaVallee. Here are pictures of the St. Paul’s School project, showing construction underway and the completed temporary school building. The La Vallee team The students Under construction The need continues to grow as stu...
  • Pictures from La Vallee, Haiti

    Apologies for not posting these sooner - these pictures were sent to us from our partner in Haiti along with the previous update, found here: LaVallee Update
  • Update from LaVallee de Jacmel, Haiti

    Please see below for an update from our partner organization in LaVallee! ------ It has been over two months since the earthquake devastated my county. We are so grateful for the support from people all over the world who are trying to help us recover from this disaster. LaVallee is home to over 40,000 people and includes more than 8000 students. We have over 60 schools scattered among the rural mountainside northwest of the port city of Jacmel. After the earthquake, we formed a team of civic leaders to survey the damage. We have at least 3000 homes that have been damaged, and most of the schools cannot be occupied. The government has requested that any structure made of concrete that shows damage not be used for school. The children have been anxiously awaiting the return to school and will probably be attending school throughout the summer. Now that the rainy season has begun (earlier than in previous years) it is crucial that we provide some kind of shelter for the students so th...