Shrewsbury School and Churchill’s Hall are proud to announce that the Andrew Grene Foundation www.andrewgrene.org is once again a lead charity for the 2019 Shrewsbury Half Marathon.
In October 2017, at the invitation of Tim Perutz, the father of a Churchill’s 2017 leaver, Richard Hudson (Housemaster of Churchill’s Hall) and his wife Ruth visited the Andrew Grene High School in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Tim Perutz is co-founder of the AGHS, which opened in 2011, a year after an earthquake killed an estimated 250,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince. Andrew Grene, Tim’s best friend, was a UN official who was killed, along with numerous other UN staff, by the earthquake when their building collapsed.
The AGHS contains 253 pupils, aged 11-18, drawn mainly from Cite Soleil, a vast and dangerous shanty town on the edge of Port-au-Prince. This amazing school, with the most rudimentary facilities imaginable, is staffed by dedicated local teachers and is a beacon of hope, calm and aspiration in a city still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by the earthquake and the decades of misrule which preceded it. Click below to watch this wonderful new film on the work of the Andrew Grene Foundation.