09 July 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Rebuilding San Gerardo School in Carrefour-Feuilles is part of the the Realmadrid Fioundation's Project Haiti. The school has been moved to the Chateau district for technical and security reasons two years after the earthquake.
On 12 January 2010, hundreds of thousands of Haitians were left with nothing and Real Madrid showed their support for them since day one with messages from its players. The Foundation's Project Haiti was presented ten days later by President Florentino Perez and several first team players (Raul, Casillas, Sergio Ramos) as an initiative carried out with Banco Santander and Caja Navarra to gather funds to help the Caribbean country.
Part of the project was to rebuild San Gerardo School in Carrefour-Feuilles (outside Port-au-Prince). It was originally built with the the help of NGO Acoger y Compartir, which had been enlarged to have 1,200 students just before the earthquake. The reconstruction will incorporate a football and basketball social-sports academy so that Haitian children may be nourished, and receive medical attention and formation during their afterschool activities.
This was complemented with a short-term project designed to help those who had been left with nothing by the quake. The Foundation joined forces with NGO Plan and Iberia to send emergency sports equipment to 11 refugee camps. Emilio Butragueño and the Technical Staff of the Foundation travelled to Haiti to train local coaches in order to achieve more efficient work to aide youngsters psychologically through sport. One year ago, the Realmadrid Foundation and the Fundacion Chocron Macias organised a gala dinner and charity auction on the pitchh of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to gather more funds for the rebuilding of San Gerardo School.