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Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center

Every story about green building is a story about people.

Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center is about the people of Haiti who are facing ongoing devastation following the earthquake of January 2010. It’s about a replicable, resilient model for rebuilding.

There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti. Project Haiti will tell many of these children for the first time in their lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about – just like any other child, in any other place in the world. It will provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphans and offer a pathway to adoption. Read more…

In September 2013, USGBC announced that the project would officially be called the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center, in recognition of the Clinton Global Initiative's longstanding work to engage and empower the global community to find innovative solutions to the world’s most pervasive problems, as well as President Clinton's efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to foster its reconstruction as a stronger nation.

Second Water Well for the Lamardelle Community

The well has been drilled. The technician were able to find water at a 350 feet depth. This second well is located in the region of Jacquet. Since Hurricane Sandy, the Lamardelle community has depended strictly on getting drinking water from the first well at the orphanage’s compound. This second well is a great relief for the people in the community that can now depend on a second source for drinking water.
We are now working on the second phase of the project. We are trying to find the most cost effective way to pump the water, in order to give a good distribution the clean drinking water to the habitats of the community. The community has established a commission that includes two representatives from FEJ community clinic, two representatives of the Jacquet community and the owner that donated the land. Our aim is to ensure good and fair management of the water distribution to the community.
Secondly, to assure that the well is getting ongoing maintenance and to avoid the breakdown of the system. Our objective is to train local people in the region how to maintain the pump system and give out daily distributions of the water. Thirdly, the commission will work with women in the MEAL cassava project to plant the yucca required for the production of the cassava.

This will be a community effort to create jobs and assure a continuous production of yucca and other vegetable that can assist the families in the region in need of food security. Especially, for the families whose children are in the community clinic malnutrition program. Therefore, the water irrigation system for the community garden will also be included in this second phase of the project.

This well project has unfolded in three important axes that will benefit the community as whole:

  1. Clean drinking will be available to the population
  2. Job creation
  3. Assure food security for those most in need in this region.
Vocational Center

With this initiative, FEJ plans to remodel out their vocational school infrastructure at the Lamaradelle site. The object of the vocational school is to provide resources and training for the people in the community to create a business and provide job opportunities. The goal is to encourage a positive impact through the organization’s activities in the community, employees, and stakeholders, and increase women and men empowerment.

Field training session in beehives and farming techniques

Newly acquired skills in:

  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Sewing & Craft
  • Wood Crafting
  • Agribusiness
  • Agro-industrial
  • Beekeeping
  • Greenhouse