Excited children head back to school in Haiti
A NOTE FROM OUR GENERAL MANAGER
The social and political unrest over the past few months has certainly impacted Extollo’s operations in the field. A pilot project for a tilt-up house program had been interrupted; one scheduled course had to be canceled and other activities were forced to slow down. In spite of the security challenges, local staff, at their own initiative, went out of their way to keep our operations running and pushed forward on numerous projects on campus. In addition to their normal responsibilities, metal trusses for the Restroom Facility were fabricated and installed, covers for two septic tanks were built, a stone retaining wall that collapsed due to rain was repaired, and important measures have been taken to mitigate any future fuel shortage. And we will be holding a Welding Course in early December.
While Haiti’s future might look dark for many we believe that the best is yet to come. Extollo continues to in equipping and empowering Haitian People. Keep joining us on this journey!
General Manager | Extollo S.A.
AIRGAS: Rock Hill, SC
We want to say a HUGE thanks to the employees of Airgas of Rock Hill, SC for their help in supplying some needed items for our Welding Training Program in Haiti.
With this alternative fuel cutting system that was donated, we will now be able to teach the cutting process and gas welding process that are much needed in the welding curricular.
By helping with our supply needs,
Airgas shows that they believe there are no borders when it comes to education for skilled professionals!
BACK TO CLASS
While the country still has bouts of instability, things are starting to get back to normal at the Training Center. Preparation for a new welding class began and the registration brought 13 students to apply for 10 spots.
This welding class will be instructed by our Haitian staff Joel and Mony.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this month for Giving Tuesday. We were able to raise $1624 which was then matched by an anonymous donor bringing our total to $3248! These funds will help us purchase safety supplies for our students and employees for 2020.
Watch for more ways to give during our year-end STRONGER campaign!
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!
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.