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Canadian police continues to provide the kids with food and pays for their attendance at a local community school until the new one is built.

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Haiti orphanage gets big boost from peacekeepers and Canadians

The money will cover the construction of a whole new compound for the orphanage with a main residence, dormitories, small apartments, school, church, kitchen, dining hall and playground.

The Enfant J Orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti has been a pet project of Canadian police in mission for the past several years. Run by nuns, the orphanage cares for approximately 40 children ranging in age from one week to 17 years old. Canadian police officers in Haiti have supported the mission by providing food and paying for a teacher for the children.

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"This project means the world to me," says Cpl. Converse Shoes New Collection

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"We send clothes, shoes, towels and toiletries when we can," says Cpl. Briand, who also enlisted the help of programs such as M sans fronti the World Food Program and other aid organizations for the orphanage during her mission. "We will continue to raise money to buy furniture and supplies for the new orphanage. We are also applying to have the orphanage declared a registered charity, and hope to build a small library within the school."

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The love and the smiles those children give you are worth more than anything."

Briand who returned from mission in July. "I want our ti mounes (the kids) to be able to be kids, not to worry about if they will eat tomorrow and to be able to have a roof over their head. Converse High Tops Uk

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The orphanage, which will be able to accommodate up to 50 children when complete, will be self sufficient, with a solar panel for electricity and its own water system.

So far, the money raised includes $21,000 from RCMP employees, $20,000 from a Chinese contingent in Haiti and $30,000 from a group of Italian UN soldiers.

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When the earthquake destroyed what little infrastructure the orphanage had, Canadian, Italian and Chinese peacekeepers as well as a city in British Columbia came to the rescue. Cpl. Christine Briand, who was in Haiti during the earthquake, and her colleague, Staff Sergeant St St Jacques, have been spearheading fundraising efforts to rebuild the orphanage. Both work in the RCMP's "A" Division (in Ottawa).

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The Converse Original children of Enfant J Orphanage, ranging from infants to teenagers, pose with staff on the grounds of the new compound.

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Construction is now well underway, and the walls and roof of two dormitories have been built. Because of the Canadian police involvement in the orphanage, the school will be dedicated to Sgt. Mark Gallagher and C/Supt. Doug Coates, two RCMP members who were killed in the earthquake.

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