A New School for Gressier, Thanks to Chicago Couple’s Commitment to Haiti

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016)  Life for 142 schoolchildren in Gressier, Haiti, is about to change. Thanks to the nearly 200 guests who attended the 11th Annual Dreams, Past & Present Event in Hoffman Estates, Ill., the goal to fund a new primary school was reached.

The new school will ease overcrowding and provide a suitable learning environment for the students. The construction of the Institution Star Academy will be a two-phased project and will begin later this fall as part of the Alpha Village Relocation Project in Gressier.

The big moment of the evening was the presentation of this year’s Good and Faithful Servant Award to Jim and Jan Dobbs by Fr. Medard Laz. Through Food For The Poor, the Dobbs have installed 24 water wells across Haiti where the wells are supplying more than 42,000 people each day with fresh water. The couple has been donating toward water projects in Haiti since 2006. A video of Jim’s latest water wells project through Food For The Poor was shown before the couple accepted their award. Visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/jimdobbs to watch.

Another highlight was the presentation of beautiful glass keepsakes to the hosts of the 11th Annual Dreams Past & Present event. Executive Director of Food For The Poor, Angel Aloma, presented Fr. Medard Laz, and Andrew and Florette Sokulski with the gifts from the charity after expressing deep gratitude for their years of commitment.

"Thousands of lives in Haiti have been touched by the generosity of Andrew and Florette Sokulski, Fr. Laz, and the dedicated donors in the state of Illinois," said Aloma. "Because of their loving kindness the Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince has received updated medical equipment, new recovery rooms, and much needed medical supplies in honor of their daughter Julie Sokulski Hesser, who died more than a decade ago. Now, schoolchildren in Haiti soon will have an opportunity to attend school in a safe and secure building. Thank you."

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Wanda Wright

Public Relations
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