On May 12th 2013, Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) and its partner, the Haitian Brothers of Christian Instruction, inaugurated the Frère André Guimond Technical School located in the Jacmel Valley.
The school was entirely built and equipped within the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction project undertaken by TSF in Haiti, with the financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The school consists of seven classrooms/workshops enabling the training of youngsters in building techniques, and in hotel services and catering. “This is a project that is solidly grounded in its community,” says Richard Simard, Director of TSF’s international program. He adds that “the project was developed in collaboration with the community, particularly regarding the subjects taught, so that they are in response to well identified needs”, pointing out that this school is more than a simple infrastructure, but rather a way to widen the youth’s future.
The first phase of the construction of a water supply for the town of Dessources, a small town in the south west of the country, was inaugurated on July 9th 2013. The project was carried out thanks to the financial support of the CIDA in partnership with Fodes-5. It serves 3000 people through three fountains. Richard Simard reminds us that “still today in 2013, drinking water projects remain a priority for several communities”. In fact, it is estimated that half of Haiti’s rural population does not have access to clean water. When the second phase of Dessources’ water supply project will be completed, the system will consist of nine fountains serving 9000 people grouped in four communities.