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A Sumter County man hopes you'll help him build schools in Haiti. He's visited the country twice since the devastating earthquake a year and a half ago.

He says most families can't afford to send their children to school. WALB news Ten's Tayleigh Davis shows us how he wants to change that.

Regular customers enjoy Jacob Battle's produce stand. He says his service to Haiti is simple. It's the fruit of the spirit.

"It's a blessing from the Lord," said Battle.

Battle spent 10 days in Haiti in hopes of building two new homes for families who survived the earthquake. He had to purchase the land before he could continue. For now, Battle has put the families up in an apartment until he can return to rebuild. While he was there he noticed more than half of the kids don't even go to school. He said it was almost $300 a month for one child. For families with six children, who live off an average income of $4 to $5 a day, it's impossible.

"Nobody can afford to send their children to school," Battle noted. "It doesn't cost that much money. We could set up dozens of schools."

Battle said he and his son would set it up. It would cost about $400 to dig a well for each school. Volunteers of a nearby church will continue the program. Battle's regular customers are glad to hear 25 to 30 percent of his profit from his produce stand will go towards books, writing utensils and a brighter future for Haiti's youth.

He'll continue selling produce so he can bear fruit for the people of Haiti.

Battle hopes to go back to Haiti in September to finish building homes. The cost of each home is $4,000 dollars. He also hopes to organize the school project.

To donate to his cause, send contributions to "The Rector's Discretionary Fund," Calvary Episcopal Church, 408 S. Lee St., Americus, GA 31709. Note on your check "Haiti Build".