It should be of no surprise that Sam Muyskens is a man of action. When the young Haitian visitor left his office he immediately called Harold Millard, a seasoned traveler with the Kansas West Conference United Methodist Volunteer in Mission program. Within a few weeks Harold and Sam were on their way to Haiti with boxes of chalk. The school was re-opened, and before Harold and Sam left Haiti they had purchased gasoline smuggled into Haiti from the Dominican Republic, for $18.00 a gallon, filled the tank of a borrowed truck, and hired a driver who drove to the Haitian coast and loaded the truck with donated food stranded in the harbor because there were no â€˜gasoline filledâ€™ trucks to transport the food. The food was delivered safely to Lambert, Haitian lives were saved, a long-term relationship was developed, and the small school remained open.
For twenty-three volunteer doctors, nurses, contractors, laborers, teachers, and religious leaders have traveled to Lambert, Haiti. Together we have worked along side the Haitian people. The school has grown and now serves over 600 students including a satellite school in Borde. The project has also helped create a medical clinic, initiate a micro-lending project for women, plant thousands of trees, and with the help of Rotary International, Wichita Rotary Clubs and the Cap Haitian Rotary Club in Haiti, we have installed a solar powered water system for the school and community, created a solar powered computer lab, and introduced cooking with solar ovens.
Today the school has books, pencils, paper, computers, and â€œyesâ€ they have chalk!