Updates

Taking Care of Business and Making Some as Well....

This past week, we had the pleasure of having a personal meeting with Archbishop Guy Poulard, who was recently named to be the Archbishop for Port au Prince. We flew to meet him at his residence in Les Cayes where he has been bishop for only 20 months. It was a wonderful meeting. At the end of the meeting, he personally drove us back to the regional airport. He is a wisp of a man with steel spirituality. He is humble, but a strong advocate for the people and a capable leader. 

It's a Wrap—Almost. It's a Start.

As we wait for the final announcements of Haiti’s election results and the next steps, in the Louverture Cleary School (LCS) community we continue to build from the ground up—literally.

The roof will be complete on our 10th house build today. The doors will go on by Friday. Presto: A house. To make it a home we will continue to work with Alype, who helped build the house for his family, as he works to parent his two children, who are both in the Timoun program. This home, small as it is, will provide an integral part in preserving families in our neighborhood—the fundamental unit in any society.

Learning as We Continue Forward

 

 

Reconstruction of the Claire Heureuse Building, the old girls dorm behind the basketball court, is underway.  We have many people to thank from within Haiti and in the wider community for offering their expertise in this process.  We thank Scott Hill (Board Member and Chair of THP’s Facilities Committee) for spearheading this action as well as his brother, Howard Hill, who is an expert in seismic activity.  Kurt Daviscourt of Belfor Property Restoration and his colleagues from the great Northwest have also been critical in this action.  From the beginning, we had great experts on the ground with the technical team from UNDP who arrived just after the quake. This group of engineers, led by Wassim Ghannoum, stayed at our school and slept inside our dorms to demonstrate their safety – helping to restore confidence and morale in student body.  We are grateful also for the help we received from Voila’s corporate engineers as well as Jerry and Charles Fombrun. 

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