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Haitians Helping Haitians through Kids Against Hunger Packing Events

Saturday, February 18, 2017 | Comments

Five months have passed since Hurricane Matthew swept through southwest Haiti. The latest natural disaster to wreak havoc on lives in Haiti, the hurricane destroyed crops in Haiti's largest agricultural region, adding to the country's on-going struggle with food insecurity. Thanks to a partnership between Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Kids Against Hunger and Extollo International, food packing events have been held across Haiti, empowering Haitians to help one another.

Enstiti Travay Sosyal & Syans Sosyal (ETS) Packing Event, Feb 11

Social work students from The Institute of Social Work and Social Science packed 8,000 Kids Against Hunger meals last month. The food is being distributed in Jeremie where families continue to struggle since the hurricane hit.  

Extollo construction training graduates, Emmanuel Fongene, Mackenson Louijean and Carlos Joinville, helped facilitate this packing event in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. The students were excited to see the mission of their school put into practice in this day of giving back. It is the ETS mission to raise up a new generation of Haitian leaders who improve the lives of ordinary Haitians and contribute to the enactment of just social policies in Haiti.

During a 12 minute food packing competition, these ladies were a force to be reckoned with, outpacking all of the other tables.

A sticker on each Kids Against Hunger box lets food recipients know the meals are "Packed in Haiti by Haitians with Haitian Grown Rice".

These students show you can still look stylish in a hairnet.

La Gonave Children's Village Packing Event, Feb 18

Back to back food packing sessions were held on La Gonave Island, the location of Extollo's second training and construction project. The La Gonave Children’s Village and Institution Guerrier hosted and packed 23,000 meals. Approximately 2,000 lbs of food and supplies were brought over from the mainland to La Gonave by wooden sail boat to facilitate the events.

Staff members and students jumped in to help pack 11,500 meals at the Children's Village. Over 40 people participated, including former Extollo employees who built the village. 

Some of the meals packed will feed the kids at the Children's Village while others will be sent to villages in the mountains, previously home for many of the kids.

The multi-purpose building, where meals are prepared and served to over 80 children at the orphanage, proved the perfect space to hold the event.

Using Kids Against Hunger ingredients, a hot lunch was prepared for everyone who helped out with the packing event.

Institution Guerrier Packing Event, Feb 19

Up the street from the Children's Village is K-12 school, Institution Guerrier, lead by Pastor Benis. For the past couple of years, Institution Guerrier has been using KAH food as part of their school lunch program. For many of Pastor Benis' students who live in the mountains, this is their only meal of the day. The 11,800 meal packing event was a community effort attended by teachers, parents and leaders from eight remote villages that send their students to the school. 

This village leader brings food back to his community by motorcyle, Haitian-style.

A HUGE thanks goes to Amy Van Horn and Michael Elola for their leadership of these events. We also want to thank Gianni Schell, Jonathan Parr, Carlos Joinville, Mackenson Louijean, Emmanuel Fongene and Craig & Renee Janofski for making these events possible!

Students Receive Perfect Scores in Jan 2017 Welding Class

Monday, January 16, 2017 | Comments

Bill Hegland and Roger Brownell made their second trip to Haiti to teach Arc Welding Level I, bringing with them their "A" game. They introduced new lessons in fabrication, implemented additional safety measures and provided Level II training to a graduate how employed as a welder.  Eight students attended the 2-week class.  

In week 1 training, the students learned safety and how to use welding and fabrication equipment.

Important to welding is learning how to square off materials before joining them.

Students excelled in their written welding safety tests, with a bunch of perfect scores!

The practical exam required that everyone create a flat and fillet weld.  All of the students passed and received their Arc Welding Level I Certificate.  This is a first for Extollo to see every student become certified!

A proud student shows off her practical test results.

Welding practice took place at the new welding station, which helps protect students and on-lookers from the dangers of the arc and sparks.

Throughout the two weeks, class was split into 2 groups of 4 working alternately on fabrication or welding for 3-4 hours per session. During fabrication, the students rotated through 5 work stations to create pickets for a metal fence.
Once fabricated, the pickets were welded together to create a metal fence. At the end of the class project, the group had completed 380 ft of fencing.

Trainer Wilkens Versaille teaches a student how to press the picket ends flat.

Trainer and Welder, Mirlande Croisile, completes the finishing welds on the fence. She also received Level II training, learning how to use a wire welder and weld overhead and vertically.

The finished metal fence, installed at the Extollo Training Center, awaits a coat of paint. 

Extollo's training team was pleased to share that all eight trainees gained sufficient proficiency to qualify them to be hired as apprentice-level welders.  We're so proud of these graduates!

Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event Takes Place in Haiti

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Comments

Thanks to generous donations from Cornerstone Fellowship Church and Kids Against Hunger, http://kidsagainsthungerpleasanton.org, the first Kids Against Hunger food packing event took place at the Extollo Training Center in Bercy, Haiti. 

During the two-day event, 10,000 meals were packed by local area residents.

Through the end of January, an additional 100,000 meals will be packed.

All of the food will be distributed in southwest Haiti where Hurricane Matthew destroyed crops and food is desperately needed.

Thirty women from Bercy, the new location for Extollo's Training Center, volunteered their time to help out with the event.

To stimulate the Haitian economy, the meals were packed using Haitian grown rice, in addition to Kids Against Hunger vitamin supplements, soy and vegetables shipped from the US. 

Volunteers were served a delicious Haitian-style lunch prepared with Kids Against Hunger food topped with Haitian bean sauce, chicken and vegetables.

Some new friendships were formed (Tchali and Jaron give a thumbs up)

And we saw some familiar faces, including Kids Against Hunger veterans Michael Elola and Amy Van Horn, who trained volunteers and helped lead the event.

And Dezman Fleury Orphanage project graduates, Mackenson and Emmanuel, who joined from Leogane to help with the packing event.

We’re so grateful to Cornerstone Fellowship Church and Kids Against Hunger for making this event a reality.

And for giving us an opportunity to work together to take care of our brothers and sisters in southwest Haiti.

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