A Cruise Company’s School for Haiti

By SARAH MASLIN NIR
Published: May 3, 2011

Students attend a school opened by Royal Caribbean Cruises in Haiti, near a private resort run by the company


LABADIE, Haiti

“We [Royal Caribbean] have been there for a long time and of course the problems in Haiti are enormous, and it’s hard for anyone to really make a significant dent in them,” said Richard D. Fain, the company’s chairman and chief executive. “We thought one of the places to start was with education.”

Still, the assistance was “modest,” he added. “We are a business. We’re not a charitable organization.”

Other projects include a water distribution system in the village of Labadie, said John Weis, an associate vice president. After the quake, the company donated around $2 million in aid and helped import relief supplies.

“I’m not saying we do this because it’s a completely altruistic motivation,” Mr. Weis said, “but I think that our management feels that we have a responsibility to make a difference down here.”

While residents seem to agree that the school is a boon to the community, the praise is tempered by doubts. Its mountainous location is far from the towns it serves, and its failure to provide any meals — leaving many children hungry throughout the day — has critics wondering why the company has not done more.
Read more:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/world/americas/04haiti.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&ref=haiti

The photos are a must see:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/05/04/world/americas/04haiti-ss.html

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