All-Local Construction

Construction of two new exam rooms next to the clinic in Cite Soleil continues!

As a part of our commitment to the community we are always looking to provide as many jobs as possible to local residents.  We are proud to note, therefore, that our current construction is being completed entirely with local labor, both skilled and unskilled.  We were very happy to find three “boss” masons from the community with substantial experience in this type of construction.  “Bòs” Lamarre, pictured on the home page, is directing all activities.

In addition to the jobs provided, the construction offered an opportunity to provide a measure of vocational training to local laborers.  Construction was therefore preceded by a day-long workshop, led by a well-experienced contractor from Port-au-Prince, Jean Filsaime, who shared many basic concepts and skills.  Mr. Filsaime was the contractor for our previous construction project, a public toilet.  In addition to imparting basic construction knowledge he also had much to share regarding construction in an area where the water table is six inches below the surface.

The building is rising rapidly. The result will be, I believe, something that the community will always view with a sense of — justified — pride.


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