John Engle of Haiti Partners contacted Architecture for Humanity seeking architectural assistance in the creation of a new primary school for 250 children. Haiti Partners is a relatively new organization, but John has been working in Haiti for nearly 20 years and lives near the proposed school site with his wife and children. The organization focuses on community engagement, social enterprise and social change brought about through education, knowledge and empowerment. They partner with 7 schools, 3 of which they have rebuilt – 4 in the Leogane area, 1 in La Gonaive, 1 in Petionville and 1 in Cite’ Soleil. Haiti Partners desires to build and manage a model school to effect change in their partner schools through setting a good example. They have won a grant by USAID to develop their Civic Empowerment Project which is a 3 session study on the Haitian Constitution for a total 1,000 teachers, community organizers and young leaders.
The site is very hilly and agricultural in nature. The property is on a small peak plateau with incredible views to a valley on one side and views to Port-au-Prince on the other. It is located in Bawosya near the village of Mariaman.
Paved and unpaved roads access the site. Two sides are accessible and adjacent to a rock road. The other two sides drop off, one to a gentle valley and the other a steep drop to a ravine. There is little brush onsite and only a few trees, one mature tree which should be retained. There have been no improvements to the site; there is no available power.
Construction of Phase 1 should being in late September 2011.