Inaugurata e consegnata la nuova scuola di San Gerardo a Port Au Prince – Haiti


Il 17 settembre 2014, sarà una data difficile da dimenticare. Finalmente, per la gioia di tutti, è stata inaugurata la nuova Scuola di S. Gerardo a Port au Prince – Haiti. E’ stato il giorno più atteso degli ultimi quattro anni.

Sin dal mattino molto presto, prima dell’alba, mi ricordavo di tutti i tentativi fatti durante gli ultimi quattro anni. Mi sono ricordato della visita dell’Architetto, di Granada, José Ibáñez e dei suoi primi studi e progetti, i vari studi del terreno, i diversi cambi di luogo ed i problemi che si presentavano quando la proposta cominciava a muoversi, le diverse commissioni e gruppi, le malattie ed i decessi, le mezze verità. La storia della fossa comune vicina alla scuola, che all’inizio conteneva solo pochi cadaveri e alla fine, invece, migliaia. Quella visita al Ministro del Turismo e il nostro cammino verso il Ministero dell’Istruzione del Governo Haitiano. La decisione di puntare sull’azienda costruttrice che lavorava da anni con l’Associazione Acoger y Compartir di Haiti. Il nuovo studio di un terreno che non avevamo preso in considerazione e la successiva scelta di costruire là. E’ risultata profetica la decisione di creare un accordo per permettere l’unione da parte di altre due Istituzioni (SERVE – Solidarietà in Azione – dell’Irlanda; Associazione per la Solidarietà, della Spagna) con le tre ONG Redentoriste affinché la costruzione della scuola diventasse una realtà. Si è arrivati così ad un lavoro ben fatto, e il 17 settembre 2014 lo abbiamo consegnato alla Comunità Redentorista di Haiti affinché lo gestisca per sostenere la promozione dei più piccoli. Nell’accordo firmato per la consegna della scuola, è scritto esplicitamente che la donazione viene fatta ai Redentoristi.

 In una delle verande della nuova scuola è stato collocato uno striscione con i ringraziamenti alle tre associazioni, SERVE, AS, AyC, nonché ad alcune delle imprese che ci hanno aiutato: Air Europa, Fondazione Real Madrid, Europa Press, El Naturalista…… ed io aggiungerei, anche, a tutti coloro che hanno organizzato cene a Granada, Tomelloso, Tenerife, Madrid, Zaragoza … e a tutti coloro che, in Irlanda ed in Spagna, con le loro donazioni, hanno reso possibile tale progetto.


Abbiamo mantenuto la parola data agli haitiani dopo lo sciagurato terremoto del 2010. Questo giorno chiude e cura le ferite del passato ricoprendole di concretezza luminosa. Che Dio benedica tutte le persone che ci hanno aiutato.

 Più di seicento bambini e bambine haitiani allietano le aule, il cortile ed i corridoi con il suono della vita che irrompe. Un piccolo gruppo si riunisce nel salone in cui viene celebrata l’inaugurazione. Hanno aperto i festeggiamenti cantando, poi un solista adulto ha intonato il Veni Creator. C’è stato un breve silenzio in ricordo delle vittime del terremoto, in particolare dei bambini i cui resti riposano nel monumento funebre costruito insieme alla scuola.

 Ci sono state alcune parole di ringraziamento da parte del Responsabile Regionale dei Redentoristi, P. Kenol, e la Benedizione dell’Acqua servita, poi, per poi aspergere tutto l’edificio.

 I festeggiamenti sono stati seguiti da un breve discorso di Gerry O’Connor e di José Miguel de Haro, a nome di SERVE, AS e AyC. E’ mancato l’intervento dei genitori degli alunni e si è passati alla firma dell’accordo con il quale si consegna l’istituto ai Redentoristi. Il festeggiamento è terminato con le foto di rigore con gli insegnanti, i costruttori e con un brindisi tra tutti i partecipanti mentre si cantava Haití Cheri.

 E’ stato girato un video con sottotitoli in spagnolo ed in inglese sull’inaugurazione, che può essere visto su:

 In spagnolo: gZF5h72kU

 In inglese:

 José Miguel de Haro, C.Ss.R.

 (Traduzione: Annalisa Pinca)

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