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Penn State Business Students Partner with Poverty Resolutions to Build School in Haiti   By PRWEB

University Park, PA (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

Professor Nancy McClure teaches BA 411, a Capstone course required for all students in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Spring 2013 marks the fourth semester that Professor McClure and her students have partnered with Poverty Resolutions, a nonprofit organization with multiple connections to the Penn State community.

Students are able to gain extra credit by finding creative ways to raise money to support projects on the ground in Haiti. Funds raised by the class during the 2011-2012 school year went to construct a school. Through the combined efforts of students at Penn State and Gaymen Elementary School in Central Bucks School District, enough money was raised for the completion of the project. A video of the completed school, which now holds 200 students, can be viewed by clicking here.

This year, funds raised by BA 411 students will be put towards the development of an affordable housing community. Many Haitians live in rudimentary shacks with few amenities. The planned community consists of simple, well-constructed homes with running water, electricity, and sewer. Families will be able to rent-to-own at a monthly rate only slightly higher than the rent they currently pay for inferior housing.