In the fall of 2021, after an unprecedented 1-1/2 years since we could get to Haiti, a select few of our board members went to the school to meet with engineers and contractors about finalizing master plans to demolish all 9 temporary classrooms and replace them with 9 new ones, plus a library/computer lab. The master plan also included building 6 classrooms for a trade/vocational school, although exactly which trades will be offered is still being considered. Initial plans presume classes in sewing will be our first offering, with graduates being given their own sewing machine they can use at home to earn income. Future classes under consideration include carpentry/woodworking…welding…masonry (brick and block laying, tile setting, concrete, etc.)….well and solar repair…and other relatively “low tech” trades not requiring lots of electrical capacity or sophisticated machinery.
In the spring of 2022 we finalized the master plan for our campus, and began construction on the first 5 new classrooms. Once these are completed by early summer 2022, we will demolish all temporary classrooms and start construction of the remaining new ones, plus the trade school, all of which we expect to be operational by the end of 2022. Board members Steve Favory and Ernest Dwight visited the school in early May and documented the construction work underway thus far, and met with Fr. Leon and some of our supportive partners about the upcoming staffing, equipment and operational issues we’ll be addressing in the coming months.