Haiti Digest: October 2013

Haiti Digest: October 2013

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 31, 2013
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Le Diagnostic Technique et Participative de l'Ile a Vache The final draft of the diagnostic has been handed over to the leaders of Ile a Vache. On Friday, October 18th, Architecture for Humanity delivered Le Diagnostic Technique et Participative de L’ile a Vache (Technical and Participative Diagnostic of Ile a Vache) to the Minister of Tourism, Mme Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin. At the end of the month, the team traveled to Ile a Vache to meet with the Comité Consultatif (a consulting body composed of residents and leaders of Ile a Vache), and the Mayor’s Representative M. Jean Frenel Thanis, to physically hand over the document to the people of Ile a Vache. This is a proud moment for all involved. Architecture for Humanity strongly believes in the participatory approach of community development. For over 10 months, our team of planners, mappers/GIS, and community outreach lived and worked on Ile à Vache, consulting with the residents and the political leaders of the island. This document is a culmination of this work, and a way to assure that the residents actively participate in the decision making process on the island. The document was well received; the residents and leaders of Ile à Vache expressed their gratitude for the work that has taken place so far, and are enthusiastically waiting for more copies of the manual.


Ile a Vache diagnostic document is now available for open sourcing to key stakeholders Architecture for Humanity Haiti is a member of the Ministry of Tourism's Technical Unit on Ile a Vache FAES is actively reviewing the construction bids, which were received on September 30th, for the renovation of the historic classroom building at Ecole Elie Dubois.


Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger Pele  
School Director Mr. Chedrick Caneus, celebrated with students at the school on a hot afternoon, commemorating the completion of the school construction. Despite all the setbacks, students in Cite Soleil, can now enjoy a safe and beautiful school. Students Rebuild Haiti correspondents, Karl Johnson and Stacey McMahan spent a week visiting the various projects funded by the organization. They were happy to witness this beautiful milestone. 
logo   Haiti presents at Design like you give a damn

Designers Sven Kalim and Christian Beaulieu have been invited to participate in this year’s Design like You Give a Damn Conference in San Francisco on November 7th to the 9th. They will have a chance to present our work in Haiti to a large international audience. This year’s topic is “Designing for a more Resilient world”. Christian will speak about his work on Ile a Vache, while Sven will present on the challenges of building well in Haiti using local materials and techniques.



October 7th 2013 A week of activities commemorated World Habitat Day. Various government agencies dealing with Habitat in Haiti, organized conferences, discussion panels, focus groups to coordinate efforts and share lessons learned in post earthquake Haiti. October 11th, 2013 New York based Lighting Designer, Abhay Whadwa, explored the Impact of culture and climate on lighting systems with our team of designers during our weekly Open Office October 18th, 2013 Architecture for Humanity Haiti team celebrated the completion of various projects in Haiti. This is an exciting time for our office. October 31st, 2013 Planning team returns to Ile a Vache for final hand-off of the diagnostic document to the Mayor and the Comité Consultatif


Project Phase %Complete
College C.I.M (PHASE 1) Construction Administration        95%
Clinique Mme JOA Construction Administration 100%
College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis (PHASE 2) Construction Administration 99%
Ecole Elie Dubois (Phase 2) Bidding and Negotiation 90%
Ile a Vache, Community Action Plan Diagnostic Complete 100%
Grand-Ravine, Community Action Plan        Diagnostic 40%
Mod Ayiti Workshop Construction Administration 70%
Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine (Perimeter wall PHASE 2) Construction Administration 60%
Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Building) Construction Administration 100%
Haiti Property Law Working Group   Vol.2 100%