7:31pm

Tue April 26, 2011
Planet Money

The Tuesday Podcast: How To Build A School In Haiti

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Remember that school we visited in Haiti last year? The one without a schoolhouse?

After we did a story on the shool, listeners donated $3,000. The principal thought it was enoughto build a schoolhouse. But, as we reported last fall, that money was only enough for a foundation and some concrete blocks.

We thought that would be the end of the story. Then we got an email from a listener named Tim Myers. It said in part:

I would also like to help construct and supervise the school.

I am a semi-retired male, 65 years old in great shape living in Carbondale, CO. I have over 30 years experience in all phases in the construction business. I believe I am especially qualified at budgeting and scheduling a project to complete it on time and on budget.

On today's show, we talk to Tim about what he learned on a recent trip to Haiti — and we hear how much he thinks it will cost to build the school.

Also on the podcast, a very special Planet Money Indicator: A decade of U.S. home prices, sung as opera. For more on that project, read our post from earlier this afternoon.

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