I am proud to announce that this past week ADAH, the track and field organization I have started in Haiti, just held our 7th track meet of the year! It was a school competition for athletes in the U13 and U15 categories! Enjoy the photos!
This past week Dan Hildebrand from Hildebrand Construction
joined us for another fun filled week of building an EcoShell on our land in
Maniche. The EcoShell, a 40ft. in
diameter, 17ft. tall, round building will serve as the focal point of the
H.E.R.O. Youth Development Center (YDC).
The YDC will eventually include housing for up to 24 orphans from all
over Haiti and include many of the same programs that are now in operation at
the H.E.R.O. House in Port-au-Prince. I
want to thank Dan, and his wife Sarah, for not only raising the necessary funds
for building the EcoShell, but also donating their time to come to Haiti and
construct the building!
Not only have we nearly finished the entire EcoShell, but we
also started the construction of the perimeter wall for the property. The unfortunate reality in Haiti, especially
with regard to the safety and security of our children, is that we must build a
10 foot concrete wall to protect our kids.
During the construction we are employing more than 20 local Haitians for
more than 3 weeks to complete the wall.
While our children will definitely have the chance to experience life
outside the walls, when they attend a school in the community, for example,
even in rural areas such as Maniche one must take every precaution. The wall is expected to be completed before
As we work diligently to finish the EcoShell and perimeter
wall, I also like to think to the future of what lies ahead for the
construction of the Youth Development Center.
Our plan consists of 4 additional buildings, but we must also build a
septic system and water reservoir to store collected rain water. I am so thankful for all of our supporters that
have worked with us to not only provide for the 9 children currently in our
care, but who know that we must do more to help the orphans of Haiti. The completion of the YDC is the next step in
this process, and we hope that you will join us in our mission to serve the
children of Haiti!\