In This Issue:
One More Piece My New Residence in Mizak The Third Electricity Class
Yet Another Piece About the Children Contact Us
One More Piece Rev. Aguilh
Slowly but surely we are moving forward, adding one piece at a time to the picture that will upon completion become the Haiti Hope House Learning Center.
This winter, the piece that we added was, the bathroom facility pictured below.
It is a two rooms building comprising two independent bathrooms, one for men and one for women, with showers and face basins. They are built on top of a fully functional septic system. The only thing is that they are outside, just a few feet away.
Water to flush the toilets and for the showers and the face basins are pumped from the cistern into a water tank installed on top of the building.
My New Residence in Mizak Rev. Aguilh
There is something special about having one’s own place to stay, one’s own key. And at my last trip I experienced that once again. I have been going to Mizak for the past seven years, sometime three times a year, bust most often twice a year. During these stays, I was blessed to be hosted by two families. For the first couple of years by the Prevost family, and for the past five years by the Joassaint family. While it has not been quite like home - it never is- I have nothing to complain about, and I am grateful for their hospitality.
However, as I said above, there is something special about having one’s own key. And that is what I experienced during my last trip. I made the decision during last September’s trip to finish and furnish the utility room next to the storage space on the Learning Center campus and make it my residence in Mizak. And that is what I did.
Welcome to my new home.
This is the storage/cistern building. The storage/cistern is on the left. In the center is the peach colored porch, with the wrought iron enclosure, preceding the utility room, and a small storage space on the right. From now on, when in Mizak, that will be my residence. I will be living on site, on campus, if you will. And that is a good thing.
I am so grateful for the help of all the people who made this possible, selflessly giving up their time and energy: painting, cleaning, preparing, the place for me, making it a place where I will be
comfortable, even though it does not have all the comfort of my home back in New Jersey.
I am especially thankful for the commitment and the leadership of our Haiti Hope House Liaison, Mr. Fernand Isidor, who oversaw and coordinated the entire project.
Now I can say that indeed there is no place like home. Be it in New Jersey or in Mizak, I feel good to have my own key.
Since 2010 when Haiti Hope House first began its ministry in Mizak, we had offered two Electricity classes for the young adults along with two Project Management classes, two Basic Computer Skills classes, and two English Translation classes.
Because there have been so many requests for another Electricity class, and given the fact that solar energy is slowly becoming a major source of energy for the community, I decided to give a third Electricity class with emphasis on Solar Energy.
The class met for 50 hours: 10 days, 5 hours a day. We covered both theory and practice which included a full day of troubleshooting.
There were ten (10) students and they were divided into three groups of 3, 3, and 4 students for practical applications.
In the picture on the left, they were getting, familiar with the electrical supplies and tools that we were going to use during the class.
Except for the electrical wires that were bought in Haiti, everything else was brought in from the US by me.
A major part of the students practical work involved helping me to finish the wiring of the Haiti Hope House Learning Center Education Building.
Yet Another Piece Rev. Aguilh
Slowly making our way to the finish line, besides the piece noted in the first article, before leaving Haiti on April 1st, we took another step, and began to put in place yet another piece: “finishing” the interior of the Learning Center Education Building.
It is an expensive piece involving a lot of material, mainly ground white sand and cement, and a lot of labor.
The process involves two steps. The first step is: roughcasting the walls and ceilings with a medium wet mixture of cement and ground sand, applied evenly to the surface. See the picture below.
The second step is that of floating. The ground sand is screened to remove all grains. And this time the mixture of screened ground sand and cement is very wet when applied over the roughcast surface. It is then floated with water being constantly applied in order to create a totally smooth surface which when dry will be ready to be painted.
The picture below shows the finished walls and ceilings of the first and second classrooms.
The center beam separates the two classrooms. The beams, door and window frames are not done yet. Most of the walls and ceilings are. No cinder block is visible.
Hopefully we will be able to raise the necessary funds to complete the finishing of the building’s interior, and begin to finish the exterior.
We are moving forward ever so slowly, each time adding a piece as funds become available.
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About the Children Rev. Aguilh
After a big setback caused by hurricane Matthew, most of the schools are back on track.
The News Page picture, on top of this page, shows one of the participating school in the HHH program, "Cherubins du Creac," with its roof completely blown away by Matthew.
We are now collecting information about the children grades for the last period.
There is only one more period after that and it is the last chance for the laggards to make a final push toward success and promotion to a higher grade.
The liaison, Mr. Fernand Isidor, met with the parents in February to once again emphasize the need for them to be better invested in the education of their children.
Rev. Aguilh met with the school Principals in March to take a closer look at the cause or causes for the high rate of failure among the children. The same old things such as: absenteeism, lack of parents’ participation, lack of books and other supplies came up.However, something new came up: “Food.” While some schools have a canteen providing one hot meal to their students during the school day, others do not. There is no data linking the rate of success, or failure, of the children to the availability, or lack, of a daily meal.
However, we must look at this as some Principals believe that such a link exists. What can we do? I do not know.
We are now preparing for the 2017-2018 school year including a revision of the admission criteria which to date were based only on needs and availability of funds.
We currently have 106 children in the program.
Please visit our website www.haitihopehouse.org . You can contact any of us listed below with your questions. You are also invited to like us on facebook.
Rev. Franck Aguilh, Chair
telephone: 973 495-7206
Mrs. Langirene Aguilh, Secretary
telephone: 973 420 -7284
Dr. Michael Stewart, Treasurer
telephone: 917 584 - 6758
Mr. Ivan Kelly
telephone: 347 451-1592
Mr. Robert Predmore
telephone: 973 820-7147