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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press January 30, 2013 + e in BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com A trip to a third-world coun- try can bring new perspective to someone used to a solidly built home, electricity and clean drinking water. For Carpenter Hill Principal Jason Certain it brought that - and more. Along with about a dozen other members of Austin New Church on Manchaca Road, Certain spent a week in Haiti helping build homes and visit- ing orphanages. He said the massive scale of the destruction from the 2010 earthquake that killed 316,000 people is still visible everywhere. It is estimated that about 350,000 of the country's residents are living in tempo- rary camps. "Some days you feel you just can't do enough to help people - it's so overwhelming," Cer- tain said. He added that most of the people who went on the trip, coordinated by a nonprofit called Help One Now, felt the same way. Yet they left the comfort and safety of life in America to spend a little time helping others in need. Certain said his wife, Kim, took this same trip last year. It was his turn to do good. Haiti, which occupies about a third of the island of His- paniola it shares with the Do- minican Republic, is one of- if not the - poorest countries in the world. More than half of its population lives below the Carpenter Hill Elementary principal Jason Certain traveled to Haiti with a to help the people overcome the destruction caused by an earthquake in block homes like the one above. poverty line. corruption and greed that it At 27,750 square kilometers keeps most of its citizens poor. (or about 10,700 square miles), The job of the volunteers Haiti is slightly smaller than with Help One Now was build- Maryland. Basic infrastructure ing new homes for Haitian citi- - roads, hospitals, schools - is zens. severely lacking. "We helped with the con- Certain said it was evident struction of housing," Certain everywhere the group traveled, said. He said he also spoke with peo- He and his crew helped ple who explained more about build several cinder-block Haiti's government, so rife with houses. Certain estimated the SAVOY Philip G. Savoy, 66, of Aus- tin, died on Thursday, Janu- ary 24 of injuries sustained from a fall. Philip was an associate at Murfee Engineer- ing Com- pany, Inc. He had a long history of civic involve- ment at the state, county and municipal levels and contin- ued to be active in the devel- opment of environmental and water conservation policies up until his death. He served on the environmental board, City of Austin, from 1979 to 1987, and was chairman from 1964 to 1987. Mr. Savoy is one of the co-founders of Take Back Texas, Inc., a statewide private property rights coali- tion, and was a co-author of Senate Bill 14, Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act, 74th Legislature, State of Texas 1995. His major projects were Circle C. Ranch Subdivi- sion and Golf Course; Lake Point Subdivision; Rob Roy on the Lake; and Rob Roy on the Creek. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1967-1969 and was honorably discharged. His Commenda- tions: Silver Star, Bronze Star withV Device, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal withV Device, Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leafs, and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Savoy is survived by his daughter, Nicole Berg of Austin; brother, Gerald Savoy of San Antonio; and sister, An- gela Letourneau of Charlotte. Many will remember him as a great father, great family man, and a great friend. He loved sailing, fishing, live music, and being Texan. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at Har- rell's Funeral Home in Kyle, Texas. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 5 at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church in San Anto- nio, Texas. Burial with military honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. The family extend special thanks to his best friends, Tol. S. "T]" Higginbotham IE, George Murfee, and David Malish and also his "sons" Jeff Carter and Eran Gronquist In Loving Memory: Don Allen Durham January 31, 1953 - September 25, 1987 There's not a day that has gone by that I haven't thought about you. Even though it's been over 25 years since you left ' without saying goodbye, you are still in my heart and mind, still making me laugh because your stories live on. You've been gone now for half my life, and there were so many times I needed you. Thank you for making me tough. I have a family now and although my children never met you, through me you will forever live on, laugh, love, hunt and dance. You were my big brother someone I looked up to. I will forever love you, no matter how long its's been HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUBBA! From Roy Durham and all the family trig. Prograra: Traditional * New Building for their help and support through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WoundedWar- riors at www.woundedwarrior- project.org., St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church 111 Barilla P1. 78209 or to the VFW at www.texasvfw.org. American standards, tent, they have no supplies," "We literally sifted rock and he said. "I don't know that I re- added cement to create the ally taught them anything but I mortar." learned a lot." Certain said during their Certain's group bunked at stay, his group ate lots of a pastor's house. He appeared chicken, goat, rice, eggplant wealthy; Certain said the man and mangoes. He also said he had three cars and his children learned that produce export, go to a private school. such as mangoes and bananas, "But he is a businessman, is a relatively large and profit- too. He purchased land and able business in Haiti. built three orphanages," Cer- As a school administrator, .tainsaid. Certain said he was asked to The group visited several or- talk with educators in Haiti. phanages during its week-long "They asked me if I would sit stay. Certain and his fellow vol- down with teachers and princi- unteers had the chance to just pals," he said. play and talk with children. They jq~t wanted me to talk "We went to four different with them." orphanage facilities," he said. It was an eye-opening expe- "I have a feeling there is a lot rience for Certain. more need than is being ser- "They are teaching in a tarp viced." PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON CERTAIN non-profit group called Help One Now 2010. He assisted in building cinder homes were between 600 and 700 square feet. 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