Extollo International has finished a large building & training project on La Gonave Island, Haiti, a 40 minute boat ride west of Port-au-Prince. We were contracted by a large cooperative of non-profits to help design, build and train Haitian men and women for a children's village on a 4 acre parcel of land near the town of Anse-à-Galets.
The first phase of the project was to train Haitian men in masonry and build an 8 foot high property wall around the land. The second phase consisted of building 11 structures (10 homes, 1 multi-purpose building) and other enhancements to the facility (water systems, septic, solar). Each home will house 8-10 orphans and a caregiver and provide new hope to the current 80 children that now live in an overcrowded, unsafe home near downtown Anse-à-Galets.
More information about the project: To date almost 70 Haitians have been trained in masonry, concrete, carpentry, electrical and plumbing and many are cross-trained in several skills. As of April 1, 2013, we have logged over 54,000 hours of training and employment on the island. (Trainees are employed by Extollo as they build and learn construction skills). We have also seen other positive consequences of our work: a new restaurant hired additional staff to provide lunches for our crew; the cement block company we purchase supplies from expanded their operation; even the local hardware store had to increase inventory and staff to supply the "nuts and bolts" of the project.
Our completion date for the project was March 31, 2013 when we helped move those 80+ excited Haitian orphans into their new home!
The 11 structures are complete — ten homes, each housing 8 to 10 orphans, a multi-purpose building and a gazebo with solar power. Many of us at Extollo participated in the celebration as the kids moved in! Please go to our News Section for a complete update and the most recent photos. See more photos of the homes, the workers, the volunteers, and the property on our Facebook Page.
La Gonave Island, Haiti, April 17, 2013
Orphanage project trains 67 Haitians and provides 7800 days of earned income for Haitian workers. Extollo International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, has completed its latest building project on Haiti, a children’s orphanage on La Gonave Island. Under a building agreement with Okipe, a cooperative of non-profits who purchased the land to build the village, Extollo trained and used almost 70 Haitians to complete the project on time and on budget. Read the Full Press Release
La Gonave Island, Haiti, April 17, 2013
Extollo International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, has completed its latest building project on Haiti, a children’s orphanage on La Gonave Island. Under a building agreement with Okipe, a cooperative of non-profits who purchased the land to build the village, Extollo trained and used almost 70 Haitians to complete the project on time and on budget.
The children’s orphanage consists of 10 individual orphan homes that each will house up to ten children and a caregiver, plus a multi-purpose structure, a gazebo with solar panels, a guardhouse, property wall and all facilities for water, electricity, and waste removal.
Extollo’s mission in Haiti is to train locals in key construction skills, so that they may obtain much needed job skills. 90% of the labor on the village project was provided by Haitians who were being trained and paid to complete the job. Incorporating classroom and on-the-job training, Extollo provided 54,825 hours of employment equaling 7802 days of earned income for Haitian workers. The project infused over $600,000 into the local economy through purchases and employment.
“With unemployment in Haiti between 60 and 70%,” said Sherman D. Balch, Extollo Founder and CEO, “we realized quickly after our founding in 2010 that more than new construction, Haiti needs job skills and jobs. We have already seen some of the men we’ve trained being hired by other firms in Haiti and starting their own construction companies.”
“Extollo International was the perfect solution at a critical time for Okipe,” commented Bill Cody, Okipe chairperson. “ When those of us in the Okipe co-op dreamed to build a children's village for orphans in Haiti, we simply didn't realize how much value Extollo would bring to the project. We needed professional expertise and construction management. We got that and so much more. Because of Extollo's passion and mission, in the end our project also provided the opportunity to train and hire Haitian workers, which stimulated the local economy and gave them critical construction jobs skills.”
Extollo is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to creating a trained workforce in Haiti with employable skills so Haitians can rebuild Haiti. We create jobs, training nationals with employable skills. We employ nationals in our projects, stimulating local economies. With Haitians participating in the process of “raising up” buildings, we believe Haitian dignity and self-respect can be instilled and restored. (Extollo means “raise up” in Latin). Using our design/build techniques and vast experience in construction, development and training, we partner with established organizations to build structures that are cost effective, high-quality, permanent, expandable and earthquake and hurricane resistant.
Contact: Bruce Kirkpatrick, Director of Communications, 925.244.9100 or bruce@ExtolloInternational.org