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Minnesotans Lead the Way for Orphaned Haitians to Learn from Teachers with Project Hope

PRESS RELEASE: Minneapolis, MN (October 8, 2013)- While school has already begun here in Minnesota, many of the nearly 2000 Haitian orphans at Project Hope, from nursery through high school age, are awaiting teachers to come help them learn. The catch is their teachers are also waiting for at least $20,000 to pay their wages; so they, too, can start school again this year.

Project Hope (Pwoje Espwa in Creole) thinks they can solve this problem in an ingenuous way. The Minnesota team of Project Hope launched a campaign on Indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/Espwa )– a crowd-funding platform, to conveniently donate towards teachers’ salaries so that Haitian children can begin learning this school year.

This idea was the brainchild of Minnesotan Sue Valiton. “People want an easy way to give, especially after they’ve heard such a compelling story like the underprivileged children of Haiti,” said, Sue Valiton MN volunteer team leader for Project Hope.  “We take supplies to Project Hope every year.  These are bright kids who will one day be able to care for their own families and become leaders in their communities.”

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with no welfare or free education system. Most Haitiian schools depend upon private donations to operate.

“Sometimes, in Minnesota, we take for granted that having teachers is a privilege,” added Valiton. “Anyone can help our teachers out today by skipping your cup of coffee or lunch and donating a few dollars. In fact, if everyone gives what they can, we will not only reach our goal, but exceed it.  Then even more children can be cared for and educated at Project Hope.”

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