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Nepal Journals, February 2011: buildOn’s 400th School

“I was once asked to sign a piece of paper but I didn’t know how to write my name. I wept.” – Ram Dulari Chaudhary Twenty years ago, we began our effort to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We established our first programs for urban youth in […]

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What They Have in Common:

Over the last 24 hours we have heard the stories of more than forty children who survived the earthquake in Port Au Prince and have sought refuge in communities where we are now building schools.  As we listened to each child, it became apparent that their stories had many common threads. I would like to […]

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In Flammand Village

We made it to Flamand Village in time to catch the last hour of work on the new school.  The community members were plastering the walls and painting the beams, and though we are still a few weeks from completion, the school is up and the children are excited! We spent the night in the […]

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On the way to Flamand

We left Port Au Prince this morning in our beat up, 4WD, rental vehicle for Les Cayes, a province in the Southwest of Haiti where many thousands of survivors migrated after the earthquake. Before January, we had built eight schools in this part of Haiti and we have broke ground on two since then.  We […]

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Port Au Prince. Day 1.

We landed in Port Au Prince at 12:30 pm and headed towards Carrefour, the epicenter of the January 12th earthquake. We snaked our way through the city in a rattle-trap four wheel drive vehicle, passing by the collapsed presidential palace and making our way up Grand Rue. The structural devastation along Grand Rue is beyond […]

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On my way to Haiti

Today I am headed down to Haiti to immerse myself in our work and gain a first hand understanding of the devastation and long-term impact that the quake has had on the people of Haiti. From the airport, I plan to head straight to the epicenter in Port Au Prince where we helped set up […]

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Ron back in Detroit

We are back in the U.S. You may remember in our previous post Ron gave us a tour of his host family’s home in Nicaragua. In this post Ron will give us a tour of his home here in the U.S. I’m sure you will pick up on how Nicaragua gave him (and all of […]

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