After the crippling earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Students Rebuild worked with our Challenge partner Architecture for Humanity (AFH) to respond quickly. The Haiti Challenge provided students and educators with a creative and heartfelt way to respond. We matched donations raised by students with enough matching funds to help reconstruct four schools! Learn more about the construction process on our Students Rebuild Haiti blog.
Ecole La Dignité, Cayes Jacmel, Sud. Two-classroom extension for the only free private school in the Jacmel area.
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis. The reconstruction of eight classrooms for a 400-student school devastated by the earthquake brought national praise and 25% increased enrollment.
Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele, Port-au-Prince. Phased construction of 20 classrooms for 1200 students near the world-renowned slum of Cité Soleil.
École Elie Dubois, Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince. Historic vocational school for girls (250 enrolled), rebuild of cafeteria and kitchen and renovation of the surviving schoolhouse.
Institut Foyer du Savoir "Home of Knowledge," Delmas 75, Port-au-Prince. New construction for 400 students on a new site with sweeping views of the city. Unfortunately, this project was canceled. Why?
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How were the funds spent?
In Haiti, construction materials cost a lot. At first we thought it was cost inflation that usually follows a natural disaster. Now we're aware that, for several reasons, the cost of doing construction in Haiti is and will remain more expensive than building in the United States, even.
But Architecture for Humanity was adamant about not cutting corners that could compromise the structural integrity of a building. Equally, the designers and builders didn't skimp on making the best, most comfortable, most delightful schools possible for Haiti. In mid-2011, the Haiti Rebuilding Center, run by Architecture for Humanity, put together this cost breakdown for different parts of the school. Based on cost estimates and Bills of Quantities submitted by school contracting crews, this breakdown provides a real sense of how far money goes in Haiti's reconstruction. Amounts shown are per 40-student classroom. For more, see Your Dollars at Work.