- This project is complete. The following was achieved:
1a) Rebuilt three schools in Saut d' Eau that included three classrooms with a solid roof and floor, with walls built to a height of 80 cm, together with a room for the Director and a storeroom.
1b) 50 school benches and desks for the teachers have been made locally and delivered to the schools, and large blackboards, attached to the walls, have been installed. Latrines have been built.
2a) Rehabilitation of six hurricane affected schools selected from the schools involved in Concern's school's health project on La Gonâve in the Commune of Anse à Galets.
2b) Rehabilitation work included the construction of classrooms, roofing and building work, and verandah construction to shelter children from the elements.
- In September 2009, 1,428 children (55% girls) started the new school year in new school structures. Improved conditions for learning are expected to increase school attendance and to improve performance as seen already in Boudou. On La Gonâve for example, teachers previously had to send the children home whenever there was even a sign of a cloud because they feared they would get soaked if they stayed at school, and would often arrive home covered in mud. Children can now safely complete the school day uninterrupted.
- The biggest challenge in Saut d' Eau was the transportation of materials to areas that cannot be reached by vehicles. Bulky materials had first to be taken by truck to an intermediate storage depot. From there, parents came to pick up the materials using donkeys or mules, crossing rivers and steep slopes. This participation is estimated to be worth more than 12 percent the value of the construction. In recognition of this work, some community members received a small fee proportional to the quantity of materials that they have carried.
- The project officially started on March 1 after the funding, worth $125,000, had been granted in mid-February. As planned, they will be rebuilding three schools in the commune of Sodo in the Central Plateau. These have been identified as the following:
1. Ecole Mixte Presbyterale de Sainte Scholastique, in Boudou, Montagne Terrible, which is five to six hours by mule from the town of Sodo. The school has 373 pupils (167 of whom are girls), and has classes from kindergarten to 5th Grade.
2. Ecole Mixte Martin Luther King, in Tche, Montagne Terrible, seven to eight hours by mule from Sodo.
3. Ecole Bon Samaritain, Duverger, Coupe Mardigras, three hours by mule from Sodo.
- The project engineer is currently visiting Montagne Terrible in order to discuss with the local population their participation in rebuilding the schools (transport, collecting stones for building, etc) and to ensure that the site where the construction will take place is not at risk from further heavy rains or strong winds. Plans and costs for the work are currently being developed with the assistance of the Education Ministry, and it is planned to seek the collaboration of the John McAslan Family Trust in order to explore ways of ensuring that the construction takes place at the lowest possible cost. One of the challenges in carrying out this work is the fact that the rains, normally expected towards late April and carrying on into June, have already started and make access to these areas more problematic. However, ways of overcoming this difficulty will be explored through the use of local depots.
- In terms of the repairs to schools in La Gonave, an engineer has made visits to the storm-damaged schools and is currently preparing a report. It is on the basis of the recommendations contained in this report that the final selection of schools and an identification of the exact work to be carried out will be made.