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June 18, 2014 : Introduction

 

Starting back in the spring of 2013 a Haitian non-profit, the Organization of Support to the Development of the Plateau Central (OSDPC) reached out to the Boston chapter of Architecture for Humanity (AfHB) in hopes that they could collectively design a much needed vocational school in the region. Keene State College (KSC) got involved in this project at this time and worked as the primary design team along with collaborating AfHB members. Over the course of the last 18 months the three groups developed several different schematic designs, participated in fundraising opportunities, and presented the project at a few building industry conferences such as Architecture of Boston Expo (ABX) in November of 2013.

Currently the design team is pushing towards a final design to have ready for the ground-
breaking ceremony to take place this coming July. I will be traveling to the Central Plateau in Hinche, Haiti at this time to partake in the formality, as well as travel the countryside to volunteer with OSDPC at health clinics, and tour the city of Port-au-Prince. I will be traveling down with the foundation plan of our finalized technical school at that time so that the construction manager of this project will be able to start work immediately.

I am very excited for this opportunity as this will be my first time traveling outside the country. I have been quite interested in international development and community sustainability for several years, and thanks to the 2% sponsorship I was awarded through Bruce and AfHB I will finally be able to achieve this dream of mine. I will be in Haiti between July 16th down there on the observations I make on Haitian culture, architecture, and construction techniques.

As soon as I return I will write again with an update on the status of the Hinche Technical Institute at the Central Plateau in Hinche, Haiti.