Happy Ending alum and Whitopia author Rich Benjamin has just spent six weeks in Haiti, and he’s back with a stronger-than-ever call for our immediate help with a very worthwhile cause: rebuilding a school that lost 700 students and its entire campus during the destruction of the earthquake one year ago. The high school, a haven in an impoverished neighborhood whose current students are unrelenting in their desire to keep attending, is running on fumes, quite literally struggling to keep its doors open. But there is hope! The TIME video above, which Benjamin reports, shows the current crumbling and still-submerged state of The Daniel FignolĂ© School in Port-au-Prince, which before the disaster was considered a premiere institution, and the extent to which it really, really needs to be saved. Click the jump to read Rich Benjamin’s words on the cause, and for instructions on how to give.

From Benjamin:

Certain cynical media reports make Haiti look like a basket case – not worth our involvement. But this case is exceptional. Rather than become overwhelmed by Haiti’s destruction, we can roll up our sleeves with concrete, effective first steps. No donation of money is too small. We need to get involved, particularly in education, since the results are far reaching for the country.

Your contribution will:
  • Train teachers long-term
  • Drill students in leadership skills
  • Buy books
  • Set up a library
  • Provide IT facilities and a computer laboratory

Our first-rate-on-the-ground ally, Haiti Partners helps execute and supervise the assistance we’re providing. Haiti Partners is a 501c3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible.  EIN#: 26-3768289

Click here to donate online.  
*Important* Please specifically indicate in either the “comments” or “Project” Field that your gift is for the “Daniel Fignole School Project”
Or, donate by mail. You can make checks payable to “Haiti Partners” and send to: Haiti Partners, PO Box 2865, Vero Beach, FL 32961. *Please indicate in the memo that your gift is for “Daniel Fignole School Project.”*
Happy Ending and Rich Benjamin really hope you’ll find yourself moved and motivated by this important cause.  

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