Program members expect to accomplish a lot in Haiti

Program members expect to accomplish a lot in Haiti

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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

BOUCAN-CARRE, Haiti (WATE) - It's been nearly two years since 6 News first traveled to Haiti to follow the work of the Haiti Outreach Program.

Program members have been in Haiti for more than a decade, and have already built one school and helped start a hospital in the community of Boucan-Carre.

In September, we traveled with them again to take on one of their biggest projects, building another larger school.

In January 2010, a devastating earthquake killed thousands in Haiti and left even more homeless.

When we returned in September, the airport was still damaged and only half of the building was being used.

The needs of the people in Haiti are still overwhelming. Many times, people would come to our vehicle window with young children begging for money.

Four program members went on this trip. They included: Chairman Ben Johnston, Dianne Durand, Sacred Heart Cathedral Pastor David Boettner, and Charles Kite, a representative of Xinergy, the Knoxville company that donated money to build the new school.

This was Kite's first time in Haiti. "I thought it would be more developed than it is," he said. "I don't know if it's the result of the earthquake or if it's the way Haiti has been for a number of years."

After you leave the airport, you have to drive two hours to get to Boucan-Carre, and you must have a four-wheel drive vehicle.
   
The first day we arrived, we got a tour of the school site and had a huge meal prepared by the sister of the new priest.    

"I feel it's important to reach out," said Kite. "Our company has a philosophy to give back to your community and the community as a world as a whole."

Kite's company donated more than $400,000 to build the new school.
       
"I believe in helping people," said program member Dianne Durand. "First of all, the people here are very gracious. They are very warm people, and I believe we in the United States are given so much opportunity It's our responsibility to share with people that don't have that much."

"At first I came back to see if we did any good," said program Chairman Ben Johnston. "Now I come back to see just where the blessings are going to come from."

They hope to have the new school built in six months.

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