CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Volunteers with the Building Goodness Foundation will be heading to Haiti this weekend to begin construction on a new school for orphans.
The school will be in Hinche, which is inland, northeast of Port-au-Prince, and will allow about 200 orphans attend classes.
According to a UNICEF study, almost 50 percent of primary school-age children in Haiti do not attend school.
Volunteers will begin laying footers on the site during the visit from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27.
At least seven trips will be needed to build the school.
The building that is currently being used as a school is well over capacity, and it will be turned into a 60-bed orphanage when the new building is complete sometime early in 2017.
The price tag for the project, including material, labor and support, is about $840,000.
The project is being done in conjunction with the Center of Hope Haiti.