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Haiti Project

Haiti Project

A blast from the past, but this project is worth posting again. In May 2010, Brian Quiring and Rick Derksen volunteered with Engineering Ministries International (eMi Canada) to assist the El Shaddai Baptist Church in Port-au-Prince in designing a small campus.

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The project included a Medical Clinic and Residence, an Elementary School for 150 students, a Feeding Centre, and a church to seat 500 which can double as a hurricane shelter.  The project team included four engineering consultants and two architectural interns from the States.  Working closely together with the client and their main sponsor, Education, Medical Aid, and Service (EMAS), a Canadian faith-based organization, a preliminary design was completed within 8 days.  Local building methods and materials will be employed by the client, who will build a part of the structure on foundations laid for an earlier planned church.

The drawings were turned into working documents at eMi’s office in Calgary.  Presentation materials were produced to continue fund-raising for the project.  Both Brian and Rick found this experience very rewarding as the client, consultant team, and EMAS doctor and translator Dr. Pierre Plourde were able to work closely and intentionally together to collaboratively accomplish much in a short time that will hopefully benefit the El Shaddai community in the future.


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