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Louisiana native opens school in Haiti

Published: Feb. 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM CST
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GRESSIER, HAITI - It's been two years since a massive earthquake in January 2010 changed the way of life for millions of Haitians. Still, the country is cleaning up, after the storm killed around 300,000 people. A year after the quake, Louisiana native Megan Boudreaux flew in to Gressier, Haiti. She'd never look back.

"I saw one little girl, and I actually tell this story because it's so compelling, she had a bunch of rocks in her hand and she was throwing them at a bird. I asked why she was throwing rocks at this bird and she said because I'm hungry and I want to eat it," Boudreaux said.

Boudreaux, 26, learned Haitian Creole fluently in just a month. Shortly after arriving she began Respire Haiti, a school of around 400 students. The organization feeds around 700 in the local community. She later adopted the little girl throwing rocks.

Boudreaux says around 500,000 kids in the country are child slaves. She says her organization runs strictly on donations.

To donate to Respire Haiti, visit www.respirehaiti.org

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