‘Sinking Sands’ lead actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis continues his efforts towards creating a sustainable community in his home-country of Haiti, after the country suffered a devastating earthquake a year ago. Accompanied by the Haitian singer Belo, and in the presence of over a hundred children; the Hollywood actor and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti recently inaugurated an elementary school ESPOIR SAN FAIM-HUFH in the town of Cadet.
Designed to accommodate 300 children, the school currently has 120 children and is provided with three buildings with seven classes. Other buildings are being built to accommodate more children, benches and tables furnish the new classroom space and faculty veteran are ready to supervise the children. The ESPOIR SANS FAIM-HUFH is housed on thirteen thousand square meters. The land is a gift from the Petit family, a family from the town of Cadet.
Father Louis, the parish priest of Our Lady of Notre Dame, who officiates in the community, expressed his appreciations for the initiative. “With this school, more than a hundred children will benefit fruits of Education. The presence of the stars at Cadet is viewed as a gesture of human solidarity, “said Jonas Petit, executive director of HUFH Haiti, “The children breathed an air of hope and encouragement in their struggle for survival” ”, said the Catholic priest.
Jimmy Jean-Louis and Hollywood Unites for Haiti Foundation (HUFH) have also set up a football team with kids from the school to combine sport and education. “One day, one goal” is the slogan of the team and the dream of the little geniuses of Cadet. By this initiative, hundreds of children get the opportunity to go to school, as well as contributing to the development of the children of Cadet.
Cadet is currently devoid of basic infrastructure but is rich in potential. ESPOIR SANS FAIM-HUFH was made possible via a grant from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) an initiative of the foundation, Hollywood Unites for Haiti. The school is equipped with desks, benches, books, new solar panels. It has part time volunteers teaching the students on a rotating schedule, and the goal of HUFH is to raise enough funds to employ full time teachers.
The Hollywood Unites for Haiti foundation has further plans geared towards helping to structure a sustainable community in Cadet and the rest of Haiti. The foundation sees local participation in securing the future of the school is as a top priority. There are plans to: Develop the surrounding land to grow our own food to feed the children a hot meal on school days; Install solar panels donated by The Haiti Green Project; Build a well to facilitate water distribution to the area because the nearest water source is a 2 to 3 miles walk and inaccessible by car; and encourage parental participation and provide adult classes.