Reconstruction of the Santa Rosa Lima school for girls

Published: 12 January 2016 17:03 CET

By: Marjorie Jasmin

“I’m proud of my school.” – Kenia, 10 years old, 6th grade student of the primary school in Santa Rosa de Lima de Léogane

The town of Léogane is situated at 29 km of the capital of Port-au-Prince, it was at the epicenter of the 12 January 2010 earthquake, and was catastrophically affected, with 80-90% of buildings damaged, among them the Santa Rosa Lima school for girls.  This school is one of the 17 schools reconstructed or rehabilitated by Spanish Red Cross in Leogane.


The Santa Rosa de Lima de Léogane Institution is a congregational school for girls. With 15 classrooms, the school can now hold 689 students, thanks to the generous donations of their partners, most notably the Queen of Spain.



The school Principal, sister Marie-Lourdes Joseph explains:

“I am sister Marie-Lourdes and I am the school principal.  I would like to begin by thanking the Red Cross for this magnificent building, the furniture and the technological materials.  This new construction has considerably improved the lives of the families of Leogane.  We now have three 1st year classes instead of just one, like before.  Many families can benefit from the higher quality of education we offer.


Through our computer room with brand new equipment we are now open to the world and have access to new information technologies, we can learn and share knowledge with other schools around the country and the world.


Girls resume classes in May 2010, at that time the school was housed in a wooden building. Children and teachers were not comfortable in this structure, that was extremely hot and when it rained we had to use tarpaulins to protect against rain. But we waited patiently for the construction works, that lasted almost 19 months.


The Red Cross has done a great job, they rebuilt the school including the residence housing the sisters. The community of Léogane is proud of this structure and thanks them for that. Our girls can study, read, learn information technology and grow in a healthy and ventilated environment.”