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The New Victorian School (TNVS)
The New Victorian School (TNVS) is a non-profit private institution located in Turgeau, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. TNVS has been in existence since 1991, first as The Victorian School (TVS 1991-1999).

On January 12, 2000, The Victorian School was consumed by a fire that was caused by a short circuit. Six weeks after the fire, classes resumed. With much hard work by all, students were able to complete the school year on schedule by attending late afternoon and Saturday morning classes. Construction of the new buildings was slow, costly and took several years; however, The New Victorian School was a much more modern facility than its predecessor.

The New Victorian School is divided into four sections:
• Bi-Lingual Academic Section (English/French)
• Early Bird English for Children
• Music Section
• Vocational Section for Youth and Adults
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On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, exactly 10 years after the fire, The New Victorian School was completely destroyed by the 7.3 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At the time of the earthquake, approximately 4:55 pm, there were no students or staff in the facility. Only six people were in the school building. Four of the six survived; two lost their lives.

Romel Joseph, Executive Director, was standing on the third floor balcony when the building began to tremble. Within seconds, it collapsed. Mr. Joseph was trapped under the rubble of the school for 18 hours. His legs and feet were pinned under the concrete support beams of the fourth and fifth floors. On Wednesday morning at approximately 11:00 am, he was freed from his “concrete tomb.” Friday, Mr. Joseph was airlifted by the American Embassy to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where he spent the next three months in recovery.

Since March 29, 2010, Mr. Joseph has been traveling back and forth between Haiti and Miami in order to rebuild the school and continue his treatment. On May 10, 2010, school re-opened at a location down that was provided by the government in order for the children to continue the 2009-2010 school year. Over 150 students were present until the end of the 2009-2010 calendar school year on August 13, 2010. On September 13, 2010, The New Victorian School opened its 2010-2011 calendar school year to 208 students. The classrooms are very crowded and the office area is limited in space for the administrative staff. Contrarily to past years, we didn't have many students, particularly the two or three year olds, crying on their first day of school. They were all excited and happy to be back in class. On September 6, 2011, The New Victorian School opened its 2011-2012 calendar school year to 257 students and resumed the music classes, thanks to the generous instrumental donations from various individuals, Bob Murphy’s Violin Shop, and Atlanta Violins.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations, The New Victorian School is among the 5% of earthquake debris that has been cleared in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Refer to NPR Times article). Your financial contributions thus far have enabled TNVS to build its own temporary shelter in which the children could once again attend school on September 13, 2010. Thank you again for your thoughts, prayers, and continuous support and we hope to continue bringing you wonderful updates very soon.
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Monetary donations can be made payable to Friends of Music Education for Haiti (FMEH), which is Mr. Joseph's non-profit institution situated in Miami, Florida.

For any material donations, such as school supplies, instruments, computers, and alike, please send them to:

The New Victorian School c/o Romel Joseph
2817 NW 168th Terrace, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Friends of Music for Haiti

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Thank you for your emotional, psychological, physical and financial support throughout this ordeal. We will forever be grateful to you for helping us continue our mission.
The New Victorian School and Fondation Romel Joseph Pour L'Advancement Des Jeunes
Telephone: #011-509-3-443-5780/786-380-4533
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