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Vocational Training Centre & Church
Heart for Home Haiti
eMiC Project 10034

March 8-18 2013

Project Status
May 2013: construction underway

Project Team

Kevin Wiens eMiC team leader
Tyler Mathews - eMiC intern 
Megan Bowles - architect 
Fred Worley - architect
Garrett Mills - structural
Joyce Chang - civil
Jennifer Hiebert - civil
Bernie Roseke - civil
Terry Podmore - agricultural
Ben Badke - civil
David King - surveyor
Barbara Worley - volunteer

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Project Video

Media & Ministry Reports

Accomodating Storms: Storm Water Drainage Challenges in Rural Haiti
Association of Christian Design Professionals (January 2014)

The Buzz: When Orphans Grow Up
The Peg (June 2013)

Local engineer helps design a world of hope in Haiti
City Light News (April 2013)

Hands-on Haiti Help
Calgary Sun (March 22, 2013)

Local engineer helps design a world of hope in Haiti
Lethbridge News (March 20, 2013)

Original Project Scope
Heart for Home Haiti began in a dream of Ricot Leon, a Haitian orphan who wants to do his part to make Haiti a place where young adults want to stay instead of leave.

The particular focus of this project is to provide an opportunity for the thousands of children raised in Haitian orphanages to find hope by providing them with both a livelihood and an imagination for a Haiti that they don’t want to leave.  The predominant dream of every Haitian young adult is to leave Haiti.  This project is designed to help these young adults “develop a heart for their own home, Haiti.”

On their 10 acres of land, Heart for Home initially wants to plant a church and build a training facility for orphans transitioning from dependence to interdependence.  The latter will focus on developing skills for growing and marketing agricultural produce, but may expand to other areas later. 

Eventually, Heart for Home hopes to be a community centre that includes space for Christian worship and ministry, training facilities, and an early childhood facility.  They hope to have a walk-in medical clinic to augment the work of an existing hospital, and they want space for cultural development within the community.  Their dream is that, to the extent possible, this would be a “model” development, encouraging the use of sustainable site usage and building design and practices with an approach to development that is a “bottom-up” model that could be used by anyone in Haiti – with the key themes of simplicity, sustainability, and live-ability.

Would you join them as they start on their journey  to realize this dream?



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