On Wednesday, February 29, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis (pronounced "Mon-we") officially opened. A healthy representation of Architecture for Humanity's Haiti office drove north to the Caribbean village of Montrouis to witness the grand opening of the new 8 classroom building they've helped build.
Also in attendance for the afternoons ceremony were representatives from Design Action, the mayors office and the office of police. The team was received by school headmaster Wilson D'Or and were treated to an opening ceremony of speeches and many thank you's by the community and school. Wilson D'Or thanked Architecture for Humanity, Stillerstrong Foundation, Students Rebuild and local representative Judith Chambers for continued effort over the past 2 years. Architecture for Humanity thanked the tremendous hard work, of contractor Design Action.
Later, the school children put on a spectacular show of contemporary dance, singing and rapping. After some local food and drink the ribbon was finally cut by Jean Sainvilus Ermilus of Design Action, Depute Dany Duvert of Montrouis and Gerard Reilly of Architecture for Humanity.
The entire ceremony was a fitting end for Architecture for Humanity's time in Montrouis (for now at least) and fitting beginning for what is a beautiful school building that showcases to the world the tremendous skill, craft and potential that Haitian construction has to offer. May there be many more to come.
Back view and ramp
View out window with Haitian flag
Some children waiting for the ceremony to begin
Stage set for the ceremony
Gerard Reilly of AFH thanks Wilson D'Or and the contractor Design Action
And here are some process photos: