An orphanage, a school, a church
and a clinic: Such hope for the future,
but now what?
The Leogane Orphanage of the Dezman Fleury Foundation in Leogane, Haiti, is located 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the earthquake, the Foundation operated:
An orphanage of 38 girls
A low cost school for 650 kids
A Medical Clinic that provides free services for the local community
But after the earthquake, not only were the buildings severely damaged — but the demand for services skyrocketed.
In Haiti, our design & build and training processes meet many important needs. We are actually a reconstruction/
trade school/employment development NGO. Our Beta site project is the three Dezman Fleury Foundation buildings – a girl’s orphanage and two caretaker homes. At this location we developed our system for the “design/build/supervise/train” concept that we will install at our training center.
We did this by:
Paying Haitians to do the majority of the work — thus stimulating the local economy
Training the workers with employable skills: construction management, carpentry, concrete, masonry, electrical & plumbing
Teaching workers as they labor along side us — a hands-on trade school, much like an apprenticeship
One of our plumbers show Haitians workers how the leach field and septic tank systems work.
Some of the 16 Haitian nationals we hired to dig the five foot deep leach field.
We ship supplies and food to Haiti in volunteers' suitcases.
Making a screen filter to sift the rocks from the dirt and sand for backfilling the leach field.
Once trained Haitians did much of the masonry work on all buildings.
Many of our team members carry 2 suitcases with them on trips to Haiti, one for their own clothes and one containing either food or supplies for the kids at the orphanage. Hence the happy faces!
The new orphanage ribbon cutting, with a traditional Haitian machete.
We employ Haitians to do much of the work.
A Dezman Fluery Foundation orphan preparing a meal.
The girls' dormitory was completed and dedicated on June 21, 2011.