In June, Tyson Ray, founder of CWI, and Mike Hoffman, board member, traveled to Haiti to attend a dedication ceremony of the school building in Desarmes, Haiti, financed by Children’s World Impact. In typical Haitian fashion, this proved to be an event complete with pomp and circumstance, singing, dancing, many speakers, and even a visit and blessing by the local police squad. All of the events and speakers took their place, one by one, on the stage constructed in front of the school office, between the two wings that house the 8 classrooms.
The ceremony honored Bob Johnson, a long-time principal from Lake Geneva, WI, in whose name the school was dedicated, and the founder of Schools for Haiti, Len Demert. While CWI financed the construction, the operational costs of the school are maintained by Schools for Haiti. The ceremony commemorated the completion of the construction of the school, which will welcome its first students this September.
July 2016-Ground breaking takes place on school location site.
Early August-Foundation of first wing is constructed by hand.
Late August-Foundation is completed and ready for pouring of concrete floor.
September-Cement floor is poured, employing over 50 Haitian workers.
October-Walls begin going up.
November-Walls and portico beams are completed.
December-Roof is installed on first wing of school.
January 2017-Plastering is completed, inside and out.
January-Doors are installed on first wing classrooms.
February-First wing receives a coat of paint.
February-Foundation for second half of school is completed.
March-Walls go up on second wing.
The completed school has two wings, with 4 classrooms in each of the wings. In addition, there is a small administrative building with room for storage. An open courtyard connects the two wings. The cost of this structure was slightly over $80,000. While Children’s World Impact financed the construction, all work was done by Haitian workers.