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How to Build a School in Haiti

A project in Chicago, IL by Jack C. Newell

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A documentary about the true costs of international aid as told through the construction of an elementary school in rural Haiti.
Backers: 227
Average Pledge Per Backer: $72

Funded: $16,439 of $15,000
Dates: Jan 28th -> Feb 27th (30 days)
Project By: Jack C. Newell
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Latest News

You (yeah, you!) got us here. Thank you.

February 26th - via:
We are in the final 3 hours of this Kickstarter campaign. I have been overwhelmed by the show of support from friends, family, strangers, and likeminded people from all over the world. We have supporters from around the globe who have helped us reach... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #6 - Haiti, Montana, Chicago

February 25th - via:
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WBEZ - Today at Noon!

February 24th - via:
Hey All -  I will be on WBEZ's Worldview program today starting at noon CST. You can tune in on the radio or stream from the link above. It will be a great opportunity to talk to a wider audience about the issues being raised in the film. So, check... (Read More)

STRECH GOAL ANNOUNCED! - $30,000 for a Rough Cut!

February 21st - via:
As many of you know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. That's part of what makes it so alluring. With that said, we set the goal of $15,000 knowing that our amazing old friends, new friends, and people who are passionate about aid, Haiti,... (Read More)

Big Sky - Big Opportunity

February 20th - via:
We are about to give a pitch at this Big Sky Doc Film Festival's Pitch to prospective funders, distributors, etc. To be completely honest, we don't know what we are heading into. Doing this festival and this pitch is just part of the process of... (Read More)

Airplane #5 of #8

February 18th - via:
A day or so ago I returned to Chicago after a successful trip down to Haiti. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you know this already. One part of doing this Kickstarter over this month was to highlight the life of the... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #5 - Meet Rosemond

February 17th - via:
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Kickstarter - Hacker Free for 1 Days!

February 16th - via:
You might have heard that Kickstarter got hacked. It's true, they did. If you are reading this on email and have a Kickstarter account you should probably change your password. I just went through all the pledges to make sure no ones levels have... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #4 - Why is Jack Crying?

February 14th - via:
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The Iranian Lottery & Haitian Spaghetti

February 11th - via:
Yesterday we had the opportunity to meet with anthropologist, writer, and (I would say) Haiti expert Timothy Schwartz (pictured below).He told us a story that demonstrated the situation that NGOs, foreigners, and people in aid struggle with. In the... (Read More)

Wild Pig Sound - A Primer in the Unintended Consequences of Aid

February 10th - via:
This is a very special pig... The world that this film takes place in is a world that has been burned by international economic development before. The folks building the school have had to combat some serious institutional skepticism about the work... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #3 - Haitian Money: Confusing

February 8th - via:
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Today's the Day

February 7th - via:
The reason that we came down to Haiti this time was to film the grand opening ceremony of the school. As I type that I realize that it's not only the reason we came down this time but the reason we came down last April, last February, braved the... (Read More)

We gave a Haitian kid a camera, and this is what he did with it

February 5th - via:
Dabens is a 19 year old kid who is in High School in Villard. During previous trips down he said he wanted to be a photographer/videographer. So, this trip we bought him a cheap camera to take some photos with. Dabens is just an awesome kid and I... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #2 - Voudou

February 4th - via:
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Nickel Cinema in Haiti - for all the film nerds out there.

February 3rd - via:
Movie Theater in the countryside For 2 Haitian Gourdes (which is $0.05) you can buy a ticket and watch a movie in this Cinema. Tonight's movie is starring Jesifra, a Haitian comedian. This is located in the neighborhood Kado, town of Villard,... (Read More)

Digital Postcard #1 - Haitian Hellos

January 30th - via:
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In Haiti and off to a great start!

January 30th - via:
I am writing this sitting in our hotel in Petion-ville, Le Perroquet, after our first full day in Haiti. As I write this, the kickstarter is hovering just under $3,000 in pledged donations which is an incredible start to the campaign. First - thank... (Read More)

Haiti is Far

January 28th - via:
And we are off! Currently sitting on the plane waiting to take off from ORD, land in MIA, get some Manchu Wok and then head to PAP. In the taxi to the airport this morning, the cabbie said "Haiti, that's a long flight." And I responded like usual,... (Read More)

FAQ - I already gave to your last Kickstarter. What's the deal?

January 28th - via:
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