New library brings Internet to Haitian community


  • School children at the Matenwa Community Learning Center listen to a lesson.
  • Three Rotary clubs — Port-au-Prince, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia, USA — and the Commonwealth School Interact Club of San Juan partnered to fund construction of a library in Matenwa on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.
  • A Rotary Foundation Matching Grant helped furnish the library with laptops, books, and furniture.
  • Even though the island has no electricity or running water, solar panels on the library roof power laptops, which connect to the Internet through satellite.
  • Every week, 236 students at the adjacent Matenwa Community Learning Center use the library, which also serves as a resource for La Gonave’s more than 7,000 residents, who live in extreme poverty.

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