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Alison Kempster's Haiti Mission


Alison Kempster, A BBC technical manager, is on a one-woman mission to raise funds for a Haiti construction project that has become more urgent since the earthquake in January 2010.

Alison has been involved with the country since the 1980s when she started sponsoring a a young boy, Baselais, who is now her godson.  In 2008 she paid for a property to be built for Baselais's family (based in Hinches, 50 miles from Port-au-Prince) but money ran out before the property was completed.

With the rainy season upon them and Hinches awash with people who have fled from Port-au-Prince, finishing the house is more important than ever.  As well as this, Kempster is also going to start a rickshaw taxi service and bicycle ambulance service - she hopes to persuade bike manufacturers, cycling clubs and medical students to raise funds for the businesses, which would help the town and raise funds for Baselais's family.

In addition to this, she has also taken out a $10,000 loan to buy a primary school in the village where Baselais grew up.  Worried that the school would be sold to a developer when it was put up for sale, Kempster plans to buy the school temporarily until the villagers form a co-operative.

The pictures show Baselais giving the senior class (approx 10yr olds) their first ever geography lesson!

Powertraveller is to supply Alison with some equipment to keep vital lines of communication open.