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Partners in Haiti

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In 2011 the volunteer organization Partners in Literacy Haiti (PILH) was formed as a 501c3 under the umbrella of Rotary District 7750 Rotary Charities, Inc. The PILH Steering Committee meets regularly in upstate South Carolina. It consists of Rotarians from six different 7750 Rotary Clubs in upstate South Carolina--Anderson, Greenville, Easley, Mauldin, Newberry, and Pleasantburg.

November 2009

After a Rotary Caribbean Partnership Meeting in Port au Prince, 7 District 7750 members from 4 clubs visited the Central Plateau, touring Rotary-enhanced farm, water and technical school sites for three days and conversing in the evening about steps to add possible to the progress in the region through Rotary efforts. Conversations were held with important Cange village leaders and residents. They arranged for a meeting between Father Fritz Lafontant, a key leader in the Central Plateau who has more than 40 years of experience working there as head of the Haitian Episcopalian Church and founding director of Zanmi Lasante and Dr. Sara Mansbach, Literacy Chair for District 7750 (2007-13). Dr. Mansbach received permission to revitalize the library for community use.

July 2011 Rotary Approval

PDG Rebecca Faulkner's officers approved the library project, which was delayed 1½ years by the 2010 earthquake when the Cange Library was transformed to function as a medical depot. Project work finally began in July 2011 when PDG Becky and DGE Tom Faulkner spent a week re-shelving and weeding out the library's books. Becky tells a story that illustrates how much the people of Cange value books. She and Tom had spent several days culling out books that had very old copyright dates or had become mildewed. Boxes of these books were set outside the library's door and the Faulkners went to lunch. When they returned, the books had been taken.

Partners in Literacy Haiti (PILH) was begun in September 2011 to add volunteers and support from beyond Rotary.

Since 2011 Volunteer and Financial Support

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Dr. Mansbach reads to 3 yr. olds at the LaPleaide Ecole in Cange. Picture books have been translated into Kreyòl, the language of the village’s families.

7 District 7750 Clubs have served as leader clubs, contributing or pledging $4,000 each.

2 District Simplified Grants awarded

12 Rotarians and volunteers from South Carolina and Virginia have spent a total of 113 days on Library Work Trips in Cange.

PILH is currently working towards sustainability requirements to enable application for a Global Grant in the future.