By Pat Payton
Proceeds from this Saturday’s Hope for Haiti golf tournament will help fund the building of a new school in Pisson, Haiti.
The annual fundraising tourney is being held at River Valley Golf and Country Club. To register, call the golf club at 519-225-2329.
“We’ve been working on a school at Pisson for a couple of years,” says long-time volunteer Murray Mitchell, who has helped spearhead Hope for Haiti projects for about 25 years now. “We’ve been at it for quite a while because there are no roads at all up the mountain.”
The new building will be for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students. About 200 students, ranging from Grades 1 to 6, attend the existing school.
“A few years ago, the government demanded that all schools have Grades 7, 8 and 9. That’s when we promised that we’d build a school for them,” Mitchell said.
Proceeds from Saturday’s tournament will go towards the construction of a roof on the new building. “We’re still working on the walls,” he says. “Why it’s so slow is because some of the supplies have to be taken up by donkey. It takes a long time.”
Hope for Haiti money also goes towards paying the teachers at the school, Mitchell says.
Mitchell also reports that a five-member Hope for Haiti crew–headed by Ron Aitken–went to Port-au-Prince in Haiti about six weeks ago and built 40 desks for a nearby school.