We have made tremendous progress over the years.  Please check out the work that we’ve done.
The Tent School: Beginnings
At the beginning of 2009, we received a document from a friend of ours, Dr. Raymond Ford, who runs a medical clinic and a school in Haiti. Dr. Ford told us that it was written by a group of Haitians that had been passing it around for several years to anyone who would read it. Their proposal was a plea for help—help to educate the children of Tremesse, kids who otherwise sat around all day with empty bellies and minds eager to learn. After hearing about the conditions in Tremesse, we arranged a visit before even translating the document.
Tin Roof Temporary School
Over the next year we were able to find enough funding to purchase land, and then to put in a well .  Next we put in a septic system and latrines for the future school to keep that well clean—vital in a country where water-borne diseases are a killer. And then, as funds starting running low, we put in a temporary school that at least had a solid roof that didn’t leak.  Just after that tin-roof structure was finished, we stood inside it in front of the children and promised them that concrete walls and real classrooms were next. As always, we didn’t know how we’d get the funds, but we knew that good Lord would provide.
New Solidarity School
This is the first phase of our school development program. In 2010 we built 6 single story classrooms that have 14 ft ceilings to reduce heat impact, steel reinforced cement block walls with fans, electric lights, and a new water well. We are trying to limit the class sizes to 25 students. We have also purchased land for a garden, chicken coop, and talapia farm.
Tremesse Community Center and Chapel
The school continued to grow and the Tremesse village and Hands for Haiti Board also want to provide Christian Faith Base Education and guidance.  We looked at possible alternatives that would meet this goal and provide space for classrooms, lunchroom, and adult education in the evenings. We designed a 3,200 square foot multi-use building that is utilized for 4 classes, adult education, church services, and a hurricane evacuation center. The new building was completed in December 2014.
Agricultural Expansion
Starting in 2014 , we built a chicken coop and purchased 50 hens. The  hens produced 40-45 eggs per day  for a year.  We continued to add more chickens and increased the chicken coop in 2016 and now have 200 chickens producing an egg per day.   The eggs are added to the daily Stop hunger Now meals  given to the children.  In 2015 Hands for Haiti and Stop Hunger Now ( Raise Against Hunger )  joined forces to provide a new food sustainability project in Tremesse. The project included 2 new solar powered wells, three 1,000 storage tanks and 2,500 linear feet of new technology drip irrigation and 60,000 ft plastic liner for the tilapia pond.
Cooking and Food Storage Facility
In 2015, we built standalone cooking facility to help with daily lunch preparation.  The facility also stores the food that is produced from the gardens, the daily egg production and all the tools used in sustainability.
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