Final inspections for a new school in Foret des Pins, Haiti for Parole et Action are complete! The school complex includes 2 classroom buildings, an administrative building and toilet building. Classes commenced September 8th with almost 200 students in attendance!

Teacher at Foret des Pins SchoolFirst grade teacher, Smith Bouzy, describes his experience with the new school buildings: “This new building has really motivated both the teaching staff and the community towards the education of the children. Before, we were motivated too but we would have very little students. Now we have much more…I am very happy to walk this path and give back to the community, by sharing knowledge and different skills for the daily living…it is a great accomplishment for the community. All parents are interested in the new construction as it has uplifted the community. Even parents from other zones are also interested in sending their children to this school.”

Fourth Grade Student at Foret des PinsThe students are equally pleased with their new community school. A fourth grade student describes, “I can easily concentrate and it is very comfortable. When it gets too cold we close the windows and on a sunny day we keep them all open. It’s very cool.”

 

 

Parent of Foret des Pins studentA parent with four children studying at Foret des Pins says, “The experience is very good. The children do not complain about the heat. They are very happy that they have a big space for their classes…I am feeling at peace. I am no longer worried about the distance and the direction my children have to go in order to get an education.”

 

It is so exciting to see these buildings be put to great use for so many students and families!

MSAADA recently begun construction for a bilingual residential secondary school in Agyati Bafut, Cameroon. This school, a project of Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation (GSSLF), aims to “prepare students to build lives of economic and environmental sustainability through a process of sustainable learning.”

Good Shepherd Academy Water & Clock Tower

Good Shepherd Academy – Water & Clock Tower

The Academy will be built in three phases and when built in full will accommodate 400 boarding students. In addition to academic buildings, dormitories and administration, the academy also includes a dining hall/kitchen, chapel/assembly hall, health centre (serving both the academy and local community), maintenance workshops and storage, vehicle storage and service garage, teachers’ housing and soccer pitch. The academic buildings include classrooms, science labs, computer labs and library/media center.

Care was taken to maximize passive cooling and natural lighting. The academic buildings and dormitories are typically one room deep with covered verandahs and balconies for circulation. Courtyards provide secure natural gathering areas for students and faculty.

GSSLF plans to have Phase I of the academy built and open by September 2016. Visit GSSLF’s website for more information about their organization and plans to make a difference through education and sustainability.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Read: GSSLF Reacts to MSAADA’s Design

Visit: GSSLF Website

Design & Dignity: The Birth and Development of MSAADA Architects

MSAADA’s founder and director Poul Bertelsen recently published a recording of his life’s journey as a missionary and architect, influencing design and lives around the world and creating what MSAADA Architects is today. This book, “Design & Dignity: The Birth and Development of MSAADA Architects,” is available for purchase through Kirk House Publishers or Amazon.com.

Photo courtesy of Edina Magazine from the March 2014 Issue

Photo courtesy of Edina Magazine from the March 2014 Issue

Edina physician Jim Rohde is featured in the Edina Magazine for his work with Healing Hands for Haiti as both a board member and volunteer. Jim Rohde mentions Healing Hands for Haiti’s partnership with MSAADA and the work both organizations contribute to bettering the every day lives of Haitians.

Click on the link to read the full article:

Edina Physician Jim Rohde Helps Rebuild and Renew Haiti

Haiti continues to have a concentration of projects, but our expertise continues to be put to use around the globe. Currently, MSAADA has active projects in many countries including those described below.

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English School at Padhar Hospital in Madhya Pradesh, India

In India, we are working not only on a new Nursing College project but also new facilities for an English School. Improvements are being made at the Sevamandir School in Tamil Nadu along with a good sized extension of a Community College for the Arcot Lutheran Church.

Reproductive Child Health Centre at Sengerema Hospital in Sengerema, Tanzania

Reproductive Child Health Centre at Sengerema Hospital in Sengerema, Tanzania

In Tanzania, we are implementing a number of hospital extension projects including a Reproductive Child Health Centre at Sengerema Hospital. MSAADA will be sending an associate from the Minnesota office to Tanzania early this year to support these projects and others in association with the MSAADA office located there.

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Hope Centre in Sierra Leone for Women of Hope International

It’s always exciting to work in a country new to us. Women of Hope International, an organization based in the USA, brought us on board to design various facilities for a Hope Center to assist women with physical and mental challenges to be built in Sierra Leone. The implementation of this project is still being negotiated.

Catholic University of Sudan in Juba, South Sudan

Catholic University of Sudan in Juba, South Sudan

In South Sudan, construction is anticipated to commence soon for a new Roman Catholic University in Juba. This project as been pending for a long time and gives us hope for a number of other pending projects to recommence around the world including those countries previously mentioned as well as Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria and Liberia.

There are many opportunities for financial partnership of persons or organizations in the USA with our Global Neighbors. Contact us if interested in finding a partnership that is right for you!

1. Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation has a new guest house on site to support the Physical Rehabilitation center previously built.

2. This Cholera Treatment Centre located in Cazale, Haiti is ready to serve those in need!

3. This is one of several schools being built for the Salvation Army. This school and director’s quarters is located in Poirrier, Haiti.

4. A grand opening festival for a Salvation Army Church in Fond de Negres, Haiti.

Construction of St. Francis des Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Construction of St. Francis des Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Construction of the large 250 bed St. Francois des Sales University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is making good progress under the supervision of Catholic Relief Services.

Healing Hands for Haiti Guest House in Port-au-Prince

Healing Hands for Haiti Guest House in Port-au-Prince

New connection to the Guest House for HHH in Port-au-Prince

New connection to the Guest House for HHH in Port-au-Prince

Adjacent to the recently completed Prosthetics & Orthotics Workshop, the Guest House for Healing Hands for Haiti is under construction.

Completed St. Vincent's Prosthetics & Orthotics Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Completed St. Vincent’s Prosthetics & Orthotics Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

MSAADA designed and supervised the construction of this new St. Vincent’s Prosthetics & Orthotics Center, including workshop and rehabilitation facilities, as well as a water purification facility that supplies clean drinking water to the center and the surrounding community.

Community Church for Healing Haiti. (Grace Village can be seen at the top of the hill.)

Community Church for Healing Haiti. (Grace Village can be seen at the top of the hill.)

The first of a number of churches for Healing Haiti is being constructed adjacent to Grace Village in Titanyen, Haiti.

Santo 8 Housing Project for the Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Santo 8 Housing Project for the Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Salvation Army Officers' Quarters at Santo 8, Haiti

Salvation Army Officers’ Quarters at Santo 8, Haiti

Workers building roof trusses at Santo 8 site.

Workers building roof trusses at Santo 8 site.

Interior of Salvation Army Church in Fond des Negres, Haiti

Interior of Salvation Army Church nearing completion in Fond des Negres, Haiti

Exterior of Salvation Army Church in Fond des Negres, Haiti

Exterior of Salvation Army Church nearing completion in Fond des Negres, Haiti

School for the Salvation Army in Luly, Haiti

School for the Salvation Army in Luly, Haiti

Salvation Army School at Poirrier

Salvation Army School at Poirrier under construction based on the Dhaiji system, as Poirrier is located in a very remote area of Haiti and it therefore is extremely difficult to get traditional building materials brought there.

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Dhaiji system of construction for the Salvation Army School at Poirrier

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Construction workers at the Salvation Army School at Poirrier, Haiti

This is a selection of just some of the Salvation Army projects currently under construction. How exciting to see so many projects under construction and making great progress for our friends in Haiti! We will no doubt have more updates soon.

New Saron Elementary Boys' School project for the Arcot Lutheran Church.

New Saron Elementary Boys’ School project for the Arcot Lutheran Church.

MSAADA recently completed another school project for the ALC, for which MSAADA has previously completed over 90 schools with over 40,000 students. We look forward to additional potential projects to materialize in India.

Sengerema Hospital in Tanzania

Six Staff & Student Houses at Sengerema Hospital in Tanzania

The first six buildings for lodging of staff and students at Sengerema Hospital have been completed for the Touch Foundation in New York. We have also connected with a number of other potential projects in the Mwanza area for expansion projects of district hospitals.

United Methodist Church in Mzuzu, Malawi

United Methodist Church in Mzuzu, Malawi

A new church for the UMC in Mzuzu, Malawi has been completed and has opened its doors for worship.

MSAADA’s staff in Haiti remains active with project implementation on behalf of several organizations involved in the country’s reconstruction and development.

Exterior of completed HHH Prosthetics & Orthotics Worshop Training Center in Bourdon, Haiti

Interior of completed HHH Prosthetics & Orthotics Workshop Training Center

Healing Hands for Haiti wheelchair assembly and guest house facility under construction

Some of the clients we have recently had the pleasure of working with include The Salvation Army, Healing Hands for Haiti (HHH), Healing Haiti (HH), World Vision, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, Johanniter International Assistance, Malteser International, The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Haitian Roots, and Parole et Action. Two projects currently under construction for HHH include a new wheelchair assembly and guesthouse facility, where the ground floor slab is nearly ready to be poured, and a prosthetics and orthotics teaching workshop where the final coat of paint is being applied. For the Salvation Army, nine new officer residences designed by MSAADA are in various stages of construction, as well as a church nearing completion in Fond des Negres, and two schools in Luly and Poirrier that together will provide more than 600 students with fresh classroom facilities. For the latter school, plus a church and some quarters all located in the remote mountains south of Petit Goave, the design is based on the Dhajji method, which uses all local materials in remote areas for the majority of the construction. This system was introduced to MSAADA by the donor for this project. And although the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are doing their own Architectural/Engineering construction supervision/observation of the large 250 bed, St. Francois de Sales University Hospital, we are glad that project is now under construction based on our design. The same is the case with a couple of schools being built by World Vision, and with a new school for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Gonaives with classroom buildings under construction.

Salvation Army church at Fond des Negres nearing completion

Salvation Army school in Luly, Haiti under construction

The Dhajji method of local materials and construction is used for this Salvation Army school in Poirrier, Haiti

Salvation Army church in Poirrier, Haiti nearing completion

Constructing reinforcing for Officer Quarters in Santo 8, Haiti for the Salvation Army

Construction underway for Officer Quarters in Santo 8, Haiti for the Salvation Army

St. Francois de Sales University Hospital under construction - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

St. Francois de Sales University Hospital - Construction workers preparing to lay concrete slab - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The construction of a number of MSAADA projects in Haiti has recently been completed after a new Physical Rehab Center for HHH plus some temporary such facilities for Johanniter International Assistance were the first completed MSAADA projects. In March of this year, Real Hope for Haiti began operating out of their new cholera treatment center in Cazale, the only one serving a relatively large portion of the country. A new permanent physical rehabilitation center in Leogane, also the first of its kind in the area, is being used by Johanniter International Assistance to provide physiotherapeutic services and community outreach to persons with disabilities. Johanniter is also training several Haitian physiotherapeutic students at their facility. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s existing facilities serving handicapped children in downtown Port-au-Prince have been renovated with MSAADA’s assistance; MSAADA also designed and supervised the construction of the new St. Vincent’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Center, including workshop and rehabilitation facilities, as well as a water purification facility that supplies clean drinking water to the center and the surrounding community.

Cholera Treatment Center completed for Real Hope for Haiti in Cazale

Cholera Treatment Center now in operation, the only one in that area of Haiti

Completed Physical Rehabilitation Center in Leogane for Johanniter International Assistance

There are more opportunities on the horizon for MSAADA to serve in Haiti. New schools for four communities are set to commence construction soon for the Salvation Army. Two additional schools for The Episcopal Diocese and Parole et Action are also being planned, and a new airport hangar in Port-au-Prince for The Mission Aviation Fellowship, an organization that flies supplies and personnel for missionaries to remote locations throughout the country. Last but not least, for Healing Haiti (HH) (whom we earlier designed a Village for Street Children for at Titanyen), we are presently doing a standard design for a Community Church which will be used to build a number of such churches after. Additionally, MSAADA has already provided concept designs and cost estimates for a number of other projects that also might materialize soon. And construction documents are ready for an extension of an Roman Catholic Hospital in Gros-Morne and a large Roman Catholic Church in Port-au-Prince which will soon be rebuilt.

Completed initial classroom building for University College in Karagwe, Tanzania

In Tanzania after the initial building at the new University College in Karagwe was completed, MSAADA has from January this year had Peter Leahy stationed in the Mwanza area.  That was arranged based on a request from the Touch Foundation in New York to assist with a number of expansion projects they plan on implementing in some district hospitals related to Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza.  The first 6 buildings for lodging by students and some staff at Sengerema hospital are scheduled completed by mid-July.  Peter Leahy has also connected with other potential projects in the Mwanza area for BMC and other organizations.

3 of 6 student housing buildings under construction at Sengerema Hospital in Tanzania

In India, another school in the ALC School project (where MSAADA earlier was the A/E on a project for rebuilding 90 schools with over 40,000 students) will soon see construction completed.   And there is a potential for other projects to materialize soon in that country, beginning with the first phase of a Nursing College for Padhar Hospital in Madhya Pradesh.

Construction underway for new school in the Arcot Lutheran Church project in India

In Ethiopia, a second housing project (for indigenous residents) at Soddo Christian Hospital is soon completed and a new UMC (United Methodist Church) place of worship in Mzuzu, Malawi, is soon completed also.