Purdue faculty members working to build a school in Haiti

A group of community members are going beyond the U.S. borders to help those in need

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018 12:25 AM
Updated: Dec. 3, 2018 9:31 AM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A group of community members are going beyond the U.S. borders to help those in need.

Mike Brzezinski and Drew Furry are Purdue faculty members involved in Project House of Hopean organization in the community that is working to provide better schooling for kids in Haiti.

Brzezinski and Furry are involved in a project within the Project House of Hope organization called Project Refuge. This project focuses on building a school in Montrouis, Haiti. According to Brzezinski, the school that stands there now is nothing like a classroom you'd see in the United States.

“The school is in rented quarters, so it's very limited space, dimly lit. Students can barely see the papers on their desks in certain classrooms because it's so dark and being rented space, it's not a permanent place so they could lose the space at any time,” said Brzezinski.

Brzezinski and Furry's passion for education led them to want to take on the project.

“It really hurt our hearts to understand that the kids were having to learn in substandard conditions so we really decided that that wasn't going to be acceptable to us,” said Furry.

Furry said, from the building's structure to water and ventilation needs, everything was considered to make the school a better place of learning.

According to Brzezinski, approximately 50% of students end up going to school and of those 50% in primary school only 60% advance on to secondary schools.

With nearly half of the children in the community not making it to high school, Brzezinski wants this new school to be a source of hope and empowerment for the students.

“By helping a community to raise up its children to have greater employment opportunities and greater opportunities in life, I can think of very few investments of money that are as worthy as that cause,” said Brzezinski.

The organization is collecting donations to help in building the school. The group has already raised more than $67,000 and the goal is $150,000.

You can be a part of helping build the school by clicking here. If you want more information about being apart of Project House of Hope you can reach out to Mike Brzezinski at mbrzezinski@purdue.edu.

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