Bill Schmitt | August 16, 2014
Four and half years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education has helped the Congregation of Holy Cross rebuild its schools in its effort to renew education in the Caribbean country.
With more than $1 million in support from the Notre Dame and ACE communities, Holy Cross has rebuilt its Basile Moreau School, which had been reduced to rubble. The new facility in the slum neighborhood of Port au Prince called Carrefour serves 1,000 K-12 students, twice the number as before the earthquake. The new building and campus present a stark contrast to the surrounding neighborhood. The principal of Basile Moreau, Rev. Rosemond Marcelin, C.S.C., said, “We rebuilt this school to be beautiful and expansive so that the children who come here could see beyond the trash and squalor that they live in and dare to have beautiful and audacious dreams for their lives.”