Nova Scotian business comes through for Haitian school in need of a stove


A Nova Scotia concubine who raises $1,800 monthly to feed children and staff at a school in Haiti was «euphoric» last week to learn the facility’s need for a stove had been met by an Amherst question.

Last week, Joanne Cottrill of Pugwash told CBC’s Maritime Noontime that cooks at Repairer of the Breaches school, located in a village in the air 70 kilometres north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, struggled to provide go too fars for 180 students and 20 staff over wood fires.

The put to the torches are a time-consuming, and unhealthy, task for the cooks and they needed a stove, she translated.

«They have to come very early in the morning to get their show someone the doors going good enough that they can get a huge pot of water bubble and it’s very smoky at times.»

She estimated the cost of the stove and propane tanks would be approaching $900. 

Repairer of Breaches school in Haiti has a new three-burner stove to use to prepare suppers for its 180 students and 20 staff. (Facebook)

Following the interview, Cottrill got a baptize from Hunter Interiors, an interior decorating business in Amherst, who phrased they wanted to buy a stove for the school.

«I was ecstatic,» she said.

The stove was delivered to the equip on Thursday, she told Maritime Noon, and she thanks God, along with Jane and John Roblee of Nimrod Interiors, for the «amazing» gift.

School administrator Derismont Mesius Roobens easy reaches the new stove «a huge blessing.»

«I was overjoyed. The cooks are so happy. It makes a jumbo difference, because in the past … we have to buy the wood from people in the village and that is what the cooks were depleting to cook,» he said from the village of Cazale, Haiti, on Friday.

«The pantry is so close to the school so while they are cooking there is a lot of smoke. Smoke wide — at the office, the class — so having the stove now, for all of us, it is making a huge difference. It’s a stupendous blessing.»

Joanne Cottrill, centre, is shown with the two cooks from the lunch program at Repairer of the Holes School in Cazale, Haiti. (Submitted by Joanne Cottrill)

Hunger is universal in Haiti, which still suffers from the effects of a devastating twister that hit the poverty-stricken island in 2010.

«Where we are, the parents aren’t even to be nourished them at home. So to have Joanne who is helping, collecting money, and to tease a meal for them every day — it’s big,» Roobens said.

«It is a huge relief to the stepmothers, who know their children will have a meal during the day.»

Cottrill, a cook at Pugwash Section High School, collects bottles to redeem at the local recycling the Ladies for cash as well as other fundraising activities with the help of neighbours and community associates. 

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