This month saw a lot of activity on campus, including campus visits from Keith Cobell, Sherm Balch, and two volunteers during the last half of May. Keith was finally able to visit campus after almost 15 months of not being able to travel to Haiti due to COVID and political instability. Sherm and Jeff Ballard, along with help from our two volunteers and the campus team, made really good headway on the Restroom Facility and numerous punch list items around campus. The three (3) containers full of tilt-up, metal fab, and auto care equipment left Florida at the end of May, and preparations for the batch plant (tilt-up operations) have begun in earnest.
Hundreds of students go through the Level 1 training courses, but after they graduate, the real work begins. Our alumni association is working to connect graduates to jobs, but we also keep a few of the top students for Level 2 practicum hours. These students work in a very small group with a professional. They are able to get even more focused hands on experience in their trade.
This month, Dan Schulze volunteered to lead our first Level 2 Electric Practicum. Dan and his team focused on numerous wiring projects at the Classroom Building, Staff House, Water Tower, Restroom Facility, and Training Center. One specific project was to install ceiling mounted motion sensors in the Restroom Facility and containers to ensure an efficient use of electricity.
Steve King, Carpenter and General Contractor, also made a trip to Haiti this month. His team focused
most of their time on the Restroom Facility where Steve took lead on rough plumbing, installing wall panels, and
assorted other carpentry projects.
One of the things holding up our Tilt-Up progress is waiting for the containers to arrive in Haiti and be cleared from customs. This is a not a simple or quick process. Our Administrative Assistant, Alicia Vega, spent a lot of time this month working on ensuring our containers departed Florida asap. She worked hard to understand US sea freight regulations to be able to quickly source a new freight forwarder, and she coordinated the release and transfer of all three of our containers from our originally contracted freight forwarder (Monarch Shipping) to another (SeaBoard), and ultimately saw the containers reach Port Laffito, Haiti. From there, General Manager, Junior Medard worked hard to talk to/vet customs brokers at Port Lafito, and took lead in contracting with Haiti International Forwarding (HIF) to process the customs clearance of all three (3) containers.
The batch plant has been staked out on campus and initial work was done to prepare the ground for the batch plant retaining walls.
The bed of the Ford L8000 dump truck was sold and is now being prepared for the 3’ extension of the chassis in order to take the mixing drum that is in a container on its way to campus.
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Michael Martin, President 1-800-323-9473
Extollo International Accredited by
National Financial Accountability Organization
PLEASANTON, CA – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of Extollo International of Pleasanton, CA.
ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.
Extollo International joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 14.6 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal. When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.
“We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to building a stronger Haiti,” said Michael Martin, president of ECFA.
Founded in 2012, Extollo International (http://extollo.org) is unleashing Haiti's potential to build a stronger future by training a construction workforce of character and capability, while adding strength and safety to Haiti's infrastructure.
To learn more about Extollo International and their stewardship opportunities, visit ServantMatch®, ECFA’s program that matches God’s servants with the stewardship options of ECFA members based on ministry sectors and categories. It is ECFA’s newest online feature that allows you to quickly and easily find giving opportunities.
ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA Standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ECFA.org or call 1-800-323-9473.
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Mirlande and Junior give a quick update from the Training Center!
Exciting News! The English course finally started earlier this month. The instructor, Junior Josue Romulus, and his supporting instructor Pierre Phénel Saimbeau, began teaching the staff in three groups: advanced, intermediate, and beginner. The feedback from the students is positive and it’s good to witness their motivation to attend each
English session and the effort that all of them are making to speak English with each other and visitors. This is very helpful in our daily communication between our US and Haiti staff!