January 2012: Meet David - one of thousands of children benefiting from new earthquake-proof classrooms and dreaming of a bright future, writes Plan Haiti’s John Walter Destine.
Since the installation of the semi-permanent classroom buildings, David’s school results have improved significantly. “I am amazed at David’s performance. He has come a long way since the semi-permanent school was built,” says his teacher Saint Surin Jean Jude.
David, 10 years old, is the eldest of a family of 6 children living in an area near to Croix-des-Bouquets.
Thanks to a generous donation from Plan Netherlands, his school received 4 semi-permanent classrooms after the 2010 earthquake, which devastated vast swathes of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements.
The new classrooms, which are among 257 built by Plan since the disaster, are hurricane and earthquake-proof and may last up to 15 years.
“After the earthquake my school was completely collapsed and I was very worried about my future,” says David. But now, inside the spacious classroom built by Plan, he says he has nothing to fear.
“No earthquakes can worry me now and besides I have hopes for a bright future.”
David’s teacher, Saint Surin, says a good learning environment positively influences the school results of a student. “The new classrooms have provided a comfortable learning environment for students like David and I have noticed the progress he has made as a result of this change.”
For David, the classrooms have provided welcome support. "In 9 years I will finish with my secondary school and I dream of becoming a famous doctor. I want to participate in the reconstruction of my country. That’s the reason why I work so hard at school in order to achieve my goal,” he says.
Plan has helped more than 31,000 children return to school by providing school kits, rebuilding classrooms, training teachers and supplying equipment for schools.