As of March 2013
The construction phase of the library has begun! As you can see from the following photos, the perimeter wall is largely installed, the site has been located and mapped out, and they have started digging and preparing the foundation. This is truly a community effort with ODES leading the way. Luquece Belizaire, President of ODES, is the Construction Manager, and has been able to employ many residents of Deschapelles providing much needed income for their families.
At the end of January, SCEH Executive Board members, Terry Smith, Dan Taylor-Stypa, David Evangelisti, and Jenifer Grant traveled to Haiti to evaluate the construction progress of the library.
They also met with Elizabeth Pierre-Louis and Eric Toussaint of the FOKAL Library in Port au Prince and continued to strengthen that already established relationship.
Installing the perimeter wall: rock, grave, sand and cement are poured into wooden frames.
A perimeter wall with chain link fencing on it is being installed to secure the site. Note the women that are employed as well. This is a very good example of ODES’ collaboration who advised the SCEH Library Committee of the need to secure the site.
Three ancillary buildings are being constructed. A gatehouse at the entrance of the library will help to secure the site. A depot will be used for storage. And a pump house will contain the water pump. Water is required for the construction of the building (e.g. mixing mortar) and will be necessary during the operations of the library. The water pump will also serve the needs of the immediate community. Note the rebar being used for earthquake protection.
The library is staked out using posts and string. This development represents a tremendous amount of work by Hope Proctor, an Essex architect, along with other architects and engineers in Connecticut and Deschapelles all of whom have volunteered hundreds of hours. Thank-you.
Hurrah! We have begun digging the foundation for the library. Many men and women in the Deschapelles area have been employed during this process. This is truly an exciting collaboration–both for people in Connecticut and for people in Deschapelles!