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May 28, 2013

Local educator creates nonprofit to improve lives

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

• June First Friday — starting around 6 p.m. Friday, June 7 in downtown Milledgeville, L.O.V.E. for Haiti will sell snow cones.

“It’s very difficult to send things to Haiti because they don’t have a mail system and it’s expensive. We appreciate people’s donations, but we really need the money,” Dianna said. “We’re trying to collect boys basketball shorts in all sizes, from three to adult male, because we’re partnering with another organization to have a clothes distribution. People can donate items during one of the upcoming events.”

The Perdues and Dianna’s, parents Ricky and Kim Hornsby, will travel to Haiti June 29 and return July 6. The nonprofit recently sent $1,800 to help fund the construction of a bathroom with plumbing, and preparation work for improvement projects at the school during the summer.

“Just our plane tickets alone were $3,000 for the four of us plus we need money for lodging, food while we’re there, and money for the projects themselves. Our total goal is $7,000,” Dianna said. “The projects include building a new roof, installing metal doors, buying a year’s worth of math and reading workbooks for every child in the school, and provide money for two or three months of salary and food for the teachers and students. Our goal this summer while we’re there is my dad and husband will build a new roof for the school with a Haitian team while mom and I play games with the students and also teach an English class to Haitian adults who are learning English.”

Dianna is already planning her fourth trip in October to continue L.O.V.E. for Haiti’s mission in creating change.

“I would like to take two or three trips a year to continue working on the school some more. We’re partnering with Project House of Hope out of Atlanta to plan multiple trips in the next year. I’m hoping we will be able to stucco the outside of the school and paint it,” she said. “Haitian people as a whole are so hardworking and grateful for everything they have because they have so little. About 80 percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and only 53 percent of Haitians can read and write. Kids are just so excited to see Americans; they latch onto you and seeing their little faces light up is amazing.”

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