YOUR FOOTPRINT IN HAITI
Cornertone’s partnership with Extollo International is making a real impact in the lives of men and women in Haiti. Together lives are being changed in a long term sustainable way.
Have you ever considered using your skills to help in Haiti? We have some opportunities for people to come spend some time at the Training Center investing into our Haitian staff!
CORNERSTONE + EXTOLLO
After Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, relief donations flooded the country. Many times, when relief is done without thought, there is more damage to the long term health of the country than there is help. Thanks to Cornerstone, we were able to purchase rice from local Haitian farmers instead of importing it from the States. Then, we found Haitian volunteers to pack the meals for their brothers and sisters who lost so much during the hurricane.
Through the help of your ongoing generosity, we are building men and women of character based on biblical values. Each day starts with prayer and a devotional focusing on God’s word and how to live a life of character. Students report that time spent in our program makes them feel closer to God.
In February 2018, Pastor Steve Madsen led a community Leadership Seminar at the Training Center. This seminar taught pastors, teachers, NGO workers, and community leaders about how to be a Godly leader. This was a great opportunity for Americans to learn alongside the Haitian community.
Students learn from professionals getting hands on experience in their area of focus. Here, Josh is teaching a student about spreading mortar for masonry.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I am beginning to believe in life!
Without God and Extollo, I would have no hope.
Thank you for teaching me how to use my head for tomorrow!
MEET NARCISSE PHILIPPE
I am 39 years old and live in Lacoujolle in Archaie with my partner. We have two twins that are 7 years old. As a former student of the most recent Extollo’s Concrete Class, I was motivated to empower myself by learning other skills so that I can gain the skills I need to work in construction and thus provide for my family.
I now aspire to join Extollo’s staff as a professor, trade’s technician, or sub-contractor as a way to improve my knowledge and skills, and become more efficient
and competitive in my career.
With this additional skill of welding, I am confident I will soon find a job that will allow me to marry my partner, offer a more stable environment to my kids, and take care of my family as a responsible husband and father.
To end, I thank the founder and the team around him for their vision, courage, patience, and for bringing hope to Haiti. I pray God blesses and lifts Extollo higher than their expectations could be. May all of us students, from the past to the future, be grateful for Extollo’s commitment to our communities and to success in our careers.
MEET MACDA TERTULIEN
Macda has lived in the Bercy area since his childhood. In his early 20s, he joined a gang. He had a gun and often got manipulated by others to block main roads, burn tires and threaten people. Convinced by Wilkens, one of our employees, Macda decided to take a masonry class and then another class in concrete and forms. This wise choice changed Macda’s life. Now, he finds Masonry jobs from time to time and a couple of days per week, he works for Extollo as a groundskeeper. With the money he earned from these new jobs, he invested in livestock. Now, he lives with his family in dignity and provides for his needs. Macda is among other gang members in Bercy who have benefited from our training programs. Now Bercy is calm in spite of all the tensions happening in Haiti for the past two months.