Project Description

LÉVÉQUE (lay-vehk), HAITI (2013)

Initial Trip: January 18-26, 2013

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:

  • Location: Approximately 1.5hr drive northwest of the capital Port-Au-Prince.  Located right next to Highway 1, between Arcahaie (aR-kye-aye) and Cabaret (cab-ah-rey)
  • Distance from 2010 Epicenter (Léogâne):  47 miles
  • Department: Quest
  • Population: 3-5,000 (approx)
  • Housing: Mostly small concrete block structures
  • Education: At least one local school, Methodist

AREAS OF FOCUS:

The following needs have been identified:

  • Church/Schooling
    • Church is the primary source of education for the community of Lévêque.
    • Structures were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake of 2010.
    • Classrooms in progress.
    • Church to be built along side school.

PROJECT GOALS:

Construction – Church/School Property:

  • Help with re-building of community church/school property (see project photos).
  • 6 new classroom for upwards of 300 first-sixth grade students

Does the project align with foundation mission?

  • Yes:  The presence of the church in Haiti is a primary source of funding for the community. Education in Haiti is sponsored in large part by communities of faith (mostly Protestant and Catholic).  Tithings collected help fund the building of classrooms, hire teachers and purchase supplies to educate local children.  The support of primary and secondary education allows children the opportunity to find better jobs to support their family.  The goal: Educate.  Employee.  Reduce unemployment.  Eradicate poverty.

PROJECT UPDATES:

  • 2012: Classroom building in progress.  Expected completion Fall 2012. Team made progress on building lower walls, adding at least 4ft of concrete block.
  • Sept 2012: Partial classroom opening and dedication.
  • Jan 2013: H.H.F. volunteer team travels to Lévêque to help build.  Progress made on constructing walls.
  • Feb 2013: Solar powered computer educational center being built out for the school.  Will be open to the community.  Sponsored in part by a partnership with Leveneo.
  • Nov 2014: Church walls complete.  Corrugated metal roof has been installed. Crepisage (plastering) and  Enduisage (finishing) complete on inner/outer walls.

Estimated completion:  Spring 2015

TRIP COSTS / FUNDRAISING GOAL:

Cost per person / volunteer: $2,000.  Cost breakdown:

$900 – airfare and local transportation
$400 – site prepared meals and conservative accommodations (sleeping cots and bucket showers)
$500 – site building materials and to employ worksite laborers
$200 – employ local workers (drivers, translators, security and cooks)

See all Lévêque 2013 photos on Flickr!

June 2014 - Making progress

June 2014 – Making progress

Nov 2014 Update

Nov 2014 Update