Founder & CEO
On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake. It was at that time that God started dealing with me about going to Haiti and using the gifts He had given me to help rebuild this country that had been torn apart by death and destruction. In March 2010, I traveled to Haiti with a team from Cornerstone Fellowship. My heart was broken when I saw the living conditions of the people, especially the orphaned children. The last day of our trip, I toured the lumberyards and building material suppliers. During this tour, a plan started forming in my mind.
There are great organizations that are meeting immediate needs of the Haitian people by building temporary shelters. What is missing is a skilled construction labor force able to rebuild Haiti with structures designed to earthquake and hurricane standards. After a few trips, I realized the problem was much more serious, as the entire Haitian construction industry is in disrepair.
If we are going to create jobs and reduce Haiti's high unemployment rate (60-70%) and stimulate the economy, we need to address the whole problem. Having a trained mason who knows how to build to earthquake and hurricane standards will not fix the problem if the contractor he works for does not have the same knowledge, abilities and willingness to build to stricter standards.
Our goal is to develop a trained Haitian construction labor force of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, masons, etc. and qualified building contractors who are willing to build to higher standards. And to implement quality control inspections and testing procedures to assure compliance to plans and specifications.
Sherman D. Balch is Vice President of Balch Enterprises, a builder/developer with over 40 years’ experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Sherman directs the Construction Division and brings a unique approach to the building industry. Specializing in the development and construction of concrete tilt-up buildings, he is recognized for his expertise as an innovator and visionary in the development of new methods, technology, procedures and value engineering for construction. Throughout his career, he has managed the construction of hundreds of buildings including residential, commercial, industrial, food processing plants, and technology centers. In addition, he has designed and built churches and preschools. http://www.balchenterprises.com
Sherman founded Christian Education Development Company (“CEDC”), a 501 c (3), non-profit doing business as Celebration Christian Preschool, which opened in Brentwood, California in August 1999 and serves over 200 children and families. In addition, land has been purchased in Oakley, California to open a second preschool in August 2012. www.Celebrationschools.com
In March 2010, Sherman also founded Extollo International, a non-profit organization, focused on educating, training, and rebuilding homes, churches, orphanages and schools in Haiti. www.extollointernational.org
Founder & CEO
On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake. It was at that time that God started dealing with me about going to Haiti and using the gifts He had given me to help rebuild this country that had been torn apart by death and destruction. In March 2010, I traveled to Haiti with a team from Cornerstone Fellowship.MORE >
Director of Communications
Over the past two years of my Christian walk, I have been studying spiritual gifts and calling with a large group at my church. I have learned the distinction between natural talents and spiritual gifts and more specifically, how to call upon the Holy Spirit to guide me.MORE >