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Over a hundred 2014 members of Beaufort Sister Cities enjoyed a menu of fondues and "dippers" at the tenth annual "Beaujolais Nouveau" party in the restaurant at Town Creek Marina. Everyone agreed that the 2013 beaujolais nouveau wine is excellent! A slideshow reminded guests of 2013 events and a calendar of 2014 was announced. A noisy "fund-raiser" auction of French wines ended the evening.
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May 18, 2013
Letter to Beaufort Woman's Club, Sister Cities and Olde Towne Rotary Club
From Fanise Cherilus and all board members of Good Samaritan Foundation , Inc. (Ecole Bon Samaritain de Beaufort, Haiti)
We want to extend to you a very special THANK YOU for your love,care, and financial support in our efforts to maintain and prosper the school and community in Beaufort, Haiti.
We especially thank you for your recent support in our determination to rebuild the bridge leading to the school. As you may know, the bridge was removed over a year ago, with the promises to clear out the canals and rebuild new bridges. A new bridge was not built, and we had a very scary accident where we almost lost one of our students, 11 year old Mary Ysline Dorville, who slipped off the foot plank, and almost drowned. This accident prompted Fanise to strive very hard to get the funds for a new bridge. And, with your help, the new bridge was built last month. In April, Fanise took a trip to Haiti for the express purpose to get the bridge built. Many of you know Fanise, and for those who don't - she is able to stretch money. She not only got the bridge built, she also rebuilt the kitchen for the school out of concrete blocks with a concrete floor, and replaced much of the aluminum roof on the upstairs schoolrooms.
We value so much all our partners in this mission.
We know that God blesses everyone who takes part in the outreach that He has planned. So if your heart is moved to join God in what He's doing in Haiti, please continue with us in prayer, and in support. Good Samaritan School in Haiti is a Christian school. Did you know that the children pray every morning for those who help them? That is a beautiful thing. And we know that God hears the prayers of children.
So you can feel happy that God knows the good you are doing. One last note of thanks from Fanise - the love and devotion that has been shown to herself, and the love shown to LeGrand in the past, has been received with great thankfulness to God. Her hands go up in praise to God for what He has done through you, and through others.
Fanise Cherilus, Founder
Andy Willis, President of Good Samaritan Foundation
Photos added from GSF website.
from Ann Goellner:
Recently I returned from the annual meeting of the International Association of Beauforts in Beaufort (Jura) France (May 18-20, 2013). Your readers may recall that this French-based organization unites towns of the same name around the world, whether of French or English heritage, in a spirit of cultural exchange. Polly Hagle and I were not the only English-speakers as this year we were joined by a couple from Beaufort, Australia.
At the Association’s business meeting, we requested a grant in support of the Good Samaritan School in Beaufort, Haiti which offers basic education to 250 youngsters aged 5 to 12 in this farming village one hundred miles north of Port au Prince. Earlier I sent the editor a copy of a “thank you” letter from the Foundation supporting this school, and I thought it might interest your readers to know that the International Association of Beauforts voted to grant the Good Samaritan Foundation more than 500 euros to complete their building project.
Both France and the United States have a history of involvement in Haiti which makes this school a particularly appealing “sister cities” project. Your readers who are interested can see a website for the Good Samaritan School in Beaufort, Haiti. It could be seen as a “miracle” that a poor rice-farming village in Haiti would have a school, but it is a result of the commitment of Haitians from this village that the school has been established. And we in other Beauforts are very pleased to continue their support.
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Jurors were Jason Smith, Jimmy Craig Womble and Lenore Meadows.
Murals will be on display at the Beaufort Library during the month of June.
The Good Samaritan Mission school was born in August of 2000 in Beaufort, Haiti. The school was started by Legrand and Fanise Cherilus, who are Haitian-American citizens. They simply put up a palm thatch structure, hired some teachers, and told them that they would pay them if God provided. At times, the teachers went without pay, but they continued to teach because they had a job.
In December of 2003, Good Samaritan Foundation Inc. received the 501c3 status. At that time they began to raise funds to build a cement block school. After all, they had almost 500 children attending the thatch Mission School!
Legrand passed away in 2005, but Fanise Cherilus and Martha Thum (two determined Christian missionaries) decided to continue the work. By March 2006, they had begun the block school building. By September 2006, the children were able to start school in the new building. How proud they felt of their new school!
The area was once occupied by the Jajowarrung Aborigines who called the area 'Peerick'. The first European in the area was Thomas Mitchell. The first squatters were the Kirklands and a Mr Hamilton who took up land in 1838. The latter's 'Trawalla' station was taken over by Adolphus Goldsmith in 1841.
Gold was discovered in 1852 with another rush at Fiery Creek in 1854. Four settlements sprung up on the Fiery Creek Diggings'; one of which was Beaufort. It was surveyed in 1857 and town allotments were sold from 1858. A Catholic church was built in the early 1860s . . .More...