It is exciting to see the Extollo team working together to take advantage of this time to focus on strategic, organization-building initiatives. Providentially, the slow down in some parts of our operations has provided us with the opportunity to focus on vital, long-range projects in others. I am confident the time we're spending now on these initiatives will pay significant dividends for many years to come.
Some of what we're pushing forward over the next few months:
Completing the plans for our tilt-up house and security wall panels, including step-by-step instructions to assist and guide training.
Designing and finalizing plans for our Metal Fabrication Facility. This will not only be a significant leap forward for our welding training program but will also
generate revenue that will help us train more men and women living in extreme poverty.
Updating our character development curriculum to be more contextualized for the Haitian context. Our General Manager, Junior, is an elder and teacher at his church and will be leading this initiative.
Completing the infrastructure of our Alumni Program. This will help our students find jobs, build their professional network, and give them opportunities for continuing education.
Engaging our stakeholders through new types of communication including group zoom calls and email surveys.
Developing plans for donor events that take into consideration the "new normal" of physical distancing.
Reorienting our organization towards paper-free (and more environmentally friendly) offices, and updating and expanding our standard operating procedures in the process.
Thank you for being a part of all that God is doing in and through Extollo. In this time of disruption in our shared life, we are grateful for your partnership in this work. You are making a real, and long-term, difference in Haiti.
This year was planned to be very busy with trainings and building our facilities to better serve the students, as well as the construction industry.
Yet COVID-19 showed up and required us to reset the whole plan: a welding class had to stop after just 2 days, the campus has been shut down since the end of March. And while part of the staff work twice a week inspecting and maintaining our campus, most remain at home.
However in spite of confusion, fear and uncertainty, Extollo is still dedicated, thanks to generous donors' contributions, to assist the Haitian community. Through our partnership with the leaders of our community, Bercy’s residents were educated on COVID-19. Extollo provided 50 hand washing stations to be distributed between several small groups in the Bercy area. An oxygen concentrator was also purchased and is now available on campus in case of need by or staff and/or a clinic in the area.
Even though our full time staff are sheltering-in-place, they continue to receive their salaries which helps ease the stress of providing for their family during this difficult time.
The shut down due to COVID-19 may affect our operations but our vision and mission remain the same. Extollo is honored to serve the Haitian people and the staff feel blessed to join God in positively impacting people's lives.
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!
We are raising $2,000 to cover the cost of an oxygen concentrator and 50 hand washing stations
placed around the village of Bercy.
Thanks for being a game-changer in Bercy - the medical system in Haiti needs our help!
Discussing “From Aid to Trade” by Daniel Jean-Louis
An interview with Bruce Kirkpatrick - author, retired Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur, and Extollo board member - about “From Aid to Trade, How Aid Organizations, Businesses and Governments Can Work Together: Lessons Learned from Haiti.”
With Keith Cobell, President of Extollo.