- METRO JESUS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
- Forêt des Pins, Haiti
- Client: Parole et Action
- Type: Education
- Project Area: 418 sq m
- Completed: 05/2014
This school is the first educational offering in this community. Previously, students had to travel long distances to receive an education – causing understandable concern for the students’ parents. Parole et Action (French for “Word and Deed”) partnered with MSAADA to design and implement construction of this new school, dedicating both their and our efforts to building sustainable facilities to provide a quality education to this under-served, rural community. The school complex includes two classroom buildings, an administrative building and toilet building – each built using the Dhajji construction method, an earthquake-resistant construction type combining locally-available materials. The Dhajji walls’ structure is left visible, serving as a model for earthquake- and hurricane-resistant homes.
Galvanized by the new school, the surrounding community has renewed confidence in their children’s education and safety. Classes commenced September 8th, 2014 with almost 200 students in attendance!
– Denniesse Joseph, 4th year student at the new school
– Madamme Bernard Bouzy, parent of four students attending the new school
-Smith Bouzy, teacher of first graders at the new school