On September 17 the Development Office of the Antilles Province (Oficina de Desarrollo de las Antillas – ODAN) launched a campaign called Solidarity for Haiti with the aim of collecting school equipment and other material for the Salesian schools in Haiti, where the new school year is to start in October.
With the motto “The future of Haiti is in education; bring your grain of sand,” the Solidarity for Haiti campaign aims to help the children of Haiti with the things they need to start the new school year and at the same to promote a spirit of solidarity among the pupils in the Salesian schools in the Antilles Province, as well as among businesses and other institutions and all those who want to join in the project.
Fr. Julio Soto, Antilles vice provincial, has already called upon the hundreds of the students who attended the launching ceremony to become involved. “Salesian young people cannot hold back. The youngsters of Haiti are waiting for our help,” he declared.
The campaign will continue until October 22, and the organizers are hoping to collect enough material for the 12,500 pupils in the Salesian schools in Haiti.
The campaign was launched at the Don Bosco School in Santo Domingo and is part of the continuing program of support and solidarity which the Salesian Family in the Antilles has been undertaking on behalf of the neighboring country following the January 12 earthquake.