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FFP hands over basic school in memory of Haiti quake victim

Thursday, March 20, 2014    

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CHARITY organisation Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica and a group from the United States-based Crispinelli Memorial Mission last Friday provided students and teachers of the Rectory Basic School in Clarendon with their very own building.

The new structure will accommodate up to 33 children.

The basic school is one of five constructed locally by FFP Jamaica and the mission team in honour of the memory of Stephanie Crispinelli, a Lynn University student who died in the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. At the time of her death, at 19 years old, Stephanie was on a mission trip with Food For The Poor. Stephanie's brother, Nick Crispinelli, was among the volunteers on the project.

"Every time we come to Jamaica we understand why Stephanie fell in love with this country. She was drawn to the people, the kids and their energy and this is also what inspires us each time. We hope that this new school will help to improve on what you already have," Crispinelli said.

Principal of the school, Maxine Morris Miller, said the school's operations were impacted by insufficient space to comfortably accommodate students; the inadequate furniture; lack of water and electricity supplies; poor kitchen and bathroom facilities and the absence of an administrative office.

"I am extremely proud to stand here today to say thanks to the Crispinelli team and Food For The Poor for answering our prayers, because for seven years I have been praying for a proper school. We no longer have to worry about sharing classrooms, bathrooms, or even chalkboards," Morris Miller said.

Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry, also welcomed the new structure. "We appreciate what Food For The Poor has been doing for us as a country, and this project is one way to get us out of poverty. In Jamaica, poverty is at an epidemic proportion but the construction of another basic school will help to fix that," he said.

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