Working Together; Making a Difference
A VHP group of six returned from Haiti last month. They spent one day in Port-au-Prince and then headed up to the mountain village of Duchity, approximately a six hour drive. They had a great trip and it was wonderful to see that the vocational school is going really well. There are 285 students! Many of the students enrolled in a trade curriculum are also taking a computer class and/or English class.
One person on this trip works for NOLS and is taking a break for the winter as she is interested to shift her leadership/outdoor education skills into something with a stronger humanitarian focus.
Kimball heads back to Haiti in April with Tom Tailer. Tom is a Vermonter who has developed a technique for building with panels of recycled material and thin layers of cement- construction that is inexpensive and strong enough to resist hurricanes and earthquakes.
Tom will begin the research and surveying this April; then the project will start in June when some UVM engineering students go to Duchity to build a workshop using Tom’s techniques. Kimball will travel with them for orientation, and the students will then continue on with building and teaching for a couple more weeks.
Volunteers for Peace will be staying in the dormitory at the school June 27- mid-August doing a summer camp with the local kids.