Update on Tedd

This is one of our kinedergarten students, Tedd Edme.  We introduced him on this blog back in October because we were working hard to get him a medical visa.   That visa was issued in February.  When Tedd first arrived, we didn't know if he had any vision in his eye at all.

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Our New School

Our business sponsor, Giftry, created a video to congratulate us on opening the school. Please click on the link below to watch and enjoy the next 2 minutes of your life!  It is AWESOME!!! Give the Gift of Education

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Giving with Giftry

Haitian Roots is very excited to announce a new fund-raising opportunity for our educational program.  Giftry.com is a new social gifting website that will be launching at the end of the summer.  To generate excitement, they’ve agreed to donate $.50 for every person that signs up to learn more about their upcoming launch. To signup, just go to www.giftry.com and enter your email address. 

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Yuda Bands

YUDA Bands, America's most popular service learning project, has invited Haitian Roots to continue joining forces with them as one of their Premiere Partners! Derived from ayuda, the Spanish word for help, YUDA Bands are popular handmade leather and coconut bracelets sold in US high schools, jr. highs, and middle schools, to raise money for a variety of causes. So far, nearly $20,000 has been raised through Yuda Bands for kids in the Haitian Roots program!

You can help us to continue building Haitian Roots through Yuda Bands by visiting their website and asking for a FREE Info Pack, which includes a sample Yuda Band and a DVD telling how the project works. Then, share the idea of Yuda Bands with someone you know who is a student, parent, teacher, or otherwise involved with your local high school, jr high, or middle school. Once a school decides to host a project, Yuda Bands takes over, working alongside youth leaders, via Internet, to make the project a success for Haitian Roots. Yuda Bands covers the cost for all shipping, including the return of any unsold bands, so there is no expense or risk to the school. After the project is completed, OUR organization will receive a check based on the number of Yuda Bands sold. Help Haitian Roots today by visiting the Yuda Bands website to learn more and request a Free Info Pack! www.yudabands.org.
Also, check out these great videos from Yuda Bands:

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More Orphanage Improvements!

Be the change you wish to see in the world.    ~Mahatma Gandhi   As you may recall, five groups of contractors banded together in April. They raised funds, flew to Haiti and spent a week working hard to make some much-needed renovations on the orphanage. 

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Extreme Makeover Haiti Orphanage Edition

Who says dreams can’t come true? Not us! Last month many dreams that we’ve had for the orphanage came true when

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Debris Design Competition

Debris Design Competition: Turning Waste to Walls in Haiti Submission deadline: May 15, 2010 – all submissions must be digital and are due by 12:00 pm MST Eligibility: Individuals and teams in all fields of study and practice; international participants are welcome.

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Partnership and June Haiti Trip Announcement

Haitian Roots Land

Shortly after the earthquake, Shannon Cox received a phone call from Dijana Alickovic from Common Studio (www.commonstudio.org).  Dijana said that her volunteer organization of architects was wondering if Haitian Roots could use their help in any way.  It just so happened that we were in the process of acquiring our land and coming up with our children's village project.  The timing couldn't have been better.

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May 5, 2010 We have had some really wonderful fundraisers done for us the past several months.  We hope we have adequately thanked all of those involved! We are so extremely grateful.  This post is certainly not meant to exclude anybody who has done great fundraising for us. We hope this post expresses gratitude and gives ideas to others of projects they might like to do at their business or school to help Haiti!  *

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Special thanks to our business sponsors