Reclaimed materials, Bio-Digesters, composting toilets, earth block testing...hardly yesteryear's Haiti. The five projects as part of the Students Rebuild-sponsored Haiti School Initiative are all now under construction, and coming into their own.
While the formal program for Students Rebuild Haiti wrapped at the start of Summer, their website continues to track progress on its five schools.
A synopsis on school construction status follows, with exhaustive coverage of construction and communities available on the Students Rebuild Haiti blog.
École La Dignité - The stone walls, which the Dignité students themselves helped supply have risen to their full height and await roof trusses, already assembled and ready on site.
École Elie Dubois - Demolition continues on damaged and structurally compromised buildings with the blessings of ISPAN, the national preservation organization. Wherever possible materials are being salvaged from the condemned Building 2: tall wood doors, shutters, iron hardware and furniture, and bricks from the building will be reused as pavers. Excavation for a Bio-Digester will commence following the cleaning and removal of the old septic tank.
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis - Slab is poured and walls are rising! (Note the proper block staggering at column locations required for seismically-sound confined masonry construction.)
École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele - The groundbreaking ceremony was postponed last week due to Tropical Storm Emily, and has been rescheduled for next week. Meanwhile, the composting latrine block has been redesigned to accommodate a maintenance-reducing revisions–the new block has been assembled in Revit.
Institut Foyer du Savoir - The build crew prepares for construction on a spectacular site. Meanwhile, Pastor Dorcinvil's summer school sent us a few notes of their appreciation...