Distributing meals to the community and surrounding area
It is amazing - and inspiring - to see all the ways the Extollo team continues to forge ahead on so many fronts in the midst of profound challenges in Haiti. From major milestones in our tilt-up operations, to providing nearly 68,000 meals to children and families in our local community, God continues to make a way.
Through Extollo's three pillars: Skill Development, Economic Opportunity and Character Development, we are making a lasting impact in Haiti.
Progress continues on the Auto Care Level 1 Training Manual. This means that Extollo is taking the right steps towards offering official training to those who are interested in learning Auto Care. This furthers the impact of Extollo's mission to upskill Haitians in practical trades.
We hit a major milestone this month as Extollo's all Haitian crew lifted security wall panels onto storage racks with real-time oversight from the US team using cameras that were installed around campus and linked to our Starlink internet system.
Haiti Staff Skill Growth:
Our Haiti team is doing a great job showing a proactive attitude towards inspections and preventative maintenance of Extollo vehicles, identifying areas of concern to be dealt with before they become major issues. This is a skill that has been developing over the years and we are happy to see growth!
The Metal Fabrication team learned to use the 8' press brake to form specialized bends to make custom flashings and seals. This is a learning curve and will allow Extollo to be one more step ahead in our leadership in Metal Fabrication processes.
Level 1 Trainer Search
One of Extollo's challenges is finding qualified instructors in Haiti to teach our classes. This month, we held Welding Instructor Try-outs among our welding graduates to look for candidates to train up to join our team. Seven applicants joined this one day event showcasing their teaching skills followed by an interview with a judges panel. The applicants also had to demonstrate their welding capabilities. The day was a success as we identified two top performers who will receive additional training in the Metal Fabrication Facility with the goal of hiring them as new Level 1 Instructors.
Thank-You Wm. Winkler!
Another huge donation was made to the Extollo team! A backhoe is on the way from Washington State to Haiti and will be instrumental in continuing to grow our Skill Development and Economic Opportunities in Haiti.
Bendy Camille was promoted this month from Administrative Assistant to Trade School Coordinator. Bendy has shown leadership, initiative, and dedication in moving forward the Trade School's programs. He has built and implemented some valuable new programs and he has succeeded in relaunching Level 1 classes despite recruitment challenges.
TCA (Tilt-Up Concrete Association) Expo
At this annual industry event, Extollo met with numerous people, businesses, and organizations to introduce them - or further connect them - with our work, particularly bringing tilt-up to Haiti.
New character development banners have been installed around campus. Students also take surveys at the end of each class to measure their pre/post class Character Development growth.
Food & Water Distribution
This month, 10,835 gallons of water were distributed around the community.
Extollo also collaborated with Kids Against Hunger Bay Area to help pack and ship 299,376 meals to Haiti. Once the food arrived in Haiti, working with Word in Deed/Haiti Baptist Mission who distributed 242,352 meals in Port au Prince, we were able to transport over four (4) pallets of the shipment to our campus in Bercy - almost 68,000 meals! All of the meals were then distributed to local orphanages and our local Bercy community.
We have another packing event coming up Saturday, October 28th! If you're local to the California Bay Area and would like to sign up to pack meals, please RSVP here. If you're not able to make it in person, you can help fund the event here. These meals are a huge blessing to many families during very difficult times.