Earthquakes Dont Kill; Buildings Do: REBUILD HAITI

by Architecture for Humanity
Aug 2, 2013

Haiti, July 2013: Advancing phases & volumes

The following are highlights of the work by the Haiti Rebuilding Center in the month of July:

• Phase 2 of Argentine School launches
• Elie Dubois school works toward its historic renovation and equipment for a new world-class culinary program
• Support secured for Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Volume 2
• A look back at the impact of the Economic Development studio

Phase 2 Launches at Argentine School

On July 31, the second of three phases retrofitting and expanding a 2000-student public school in the heart of Port-au-Prince launched. This next step in the project starts after the much delayed closing of an IDP camp on the school's campus. Argentine Phase 1, remediation of the existing one story classroom building, was completed in March 2013; we were able to "co-habitate" with the camp dwellers occupying most of the school yard.

Phase 2 continues rehabilitation of the site, including repair and reconstruction of the perimeter wall, demolition and removal of the remaining damaged buildings, and site cleanup. This work will continue for about six weeks.

We are working with the Organization for International Migration (OIM) to coordinate shared infrastructure with an 80-family housing project under way on the northern portion of the school site.

Phase 3, the "new construction" phase of the school, will follow.

Continuing Support for Ecole Elie Dubois

Representatives from ARGOS, the majority owner of Cimenterie Nationale d'Haiti (CINA) visited Elie Dubois on June 19, and reiterated their interest to continue funding the completion of the school project.

Architecture For Humanity-Haiti reconvened on site with the team of designers and chefs of World Central Kitchen who plans to design and implement a comprehensive curriculum for culinary arts for the schools' professional program. They also plan to design and provide a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for the school.

We are working closely with this group to integrate this teaching kitchen into the renovation of the historic building. We are so excited to have World Central kitchen as a new partner for École Elie Dubois.

Volume 1

Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Vol. 2

This month has been very exciting for the Land Tenure policy program. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with funds from the Digicel Foundation, Architecture for Humanity has officially initiated work on the second Haiti Land Transaction Manual.

This second manual will focus on the rights and obligations of property owners and occupants in situations of informal or unclear tenure. Towards achieving this body of work, we've partnered with the Faculty of Law of the University of Quisqueya, where a team of professors and students are providing indispensable research on the relevant laws and legal procedures.

This program is proceeding with the support of the Haitian Government through both UCLBP (Unité de Construction des Logements et Bâtiments Publics) and PACEGI (Presidential Advisory Committee for Economic Growth and Investment).


  • The Grand-Ravine community development project has begun in Martissant
  • The ground floor slab was poured at College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis in Phase 2 of construction

Economic Development Studio Impact

The Economic Development arm of Architecture for Humanity's program in Haiti is drawing to a close. This ambitious program, which began in March 2010, was funded for 36 months and closed on April 30, 2013. The important achievements of this program include:

  • Creation of a large data base of six economic corridors in and around Port-au-Prince, with special emphasis on the downtown area.
  • Creation of alliances with three of the major banks in Haiti for loan programs.
  • Establishment of means and methods for an ongoing loan program linked to a growing base of vetted small businesses and local banking partners.
  • Identification and analysis of over 140 small business owners who have submitted documents to the small business loan program.
  • Provision of assistance to potential loan clients in the preparation of the proper loan application documents, weekly training sessions on business development and best practices with the loan clients, and continuous follow up and support throughout the loan application process.
  • Promotion of innovative business models and forging alliances with Haitian government sponsors
  • Laying the groundwork for the creation of a Small-Medium-Enterprise Servicing Unit (SME/SU)
  • Establishment of a business based curriculum that has been implemented in-house with over 40 participating small business owners.
  • Creation of a vibrant and rigorous internship program with INAGHEI, bringing young business school students into the workplace and mentoring them in best business practices.

We would like to thank our many collaborators and potential partners for their efforts over the past three years, and wish them every success. Given the paramount importance of private sector involvement in the long term reconstruction of Haiti we sincerely hope that these activities will continue, and that a robust financing sector will emerge over the coming years to become a driving force of the Haitian economy.

Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, will continue our core work in architecture and planning by building on our proven strengths. We will search out new opportunities for rebuilding Haiti by engaging communities, planning neighborhoods, designing and constructing buildings, training Haitians in the building trades, and supporting local economic growth.

Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, is dedicated to supporting the well-being of the Haitian people. We are here for the long term.

Project Tracking

Project - Phase - %Complete

Clinique Madame Joa - Construction Admin. - 100%
Collège C.I.M. - Construction Admin. - 70%
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger (Phase 2) - Construction Admin. - 30%
Mod Ayiti Workshop - Construction Admin. - 30%
École Elie Dubois (Phase 2) - Construction Docs - 100%
Île à Vache Community Development - Diagnostic - 80%
Grand-Ravine, Martissant - Diagnostic - 02%
École Nationale République d'Argentine (PHASE 2) - CONTRACT - SIGNED
Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Buildings) - CONTRACT - SIGNED
Haiti Property Law Working Group - CONTRACT - SIGNED

For a complete list of Architecture for Humanity Haiti projects, visit the Haiti Rebuilding Center page.


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