ServeHAITI has spearheaded and provided monetary and volunteer support for a number of major infrastructure projects in Grand-Bois.
Working to Put Grand-Bois on the Grid
With the experience and dedication of volunteer engineers, Grand-Bois now benefits from cost-optimized power systems at the health center, church and school. New power systems feature diesel generators, battery storage, inverters and solar power to save energy. We couple this with a strong energy-conservation consciousness as we try to learn how to live simply with a low carbon footprint from the Haitians. In 2011, we expanded the renewable energy supply with a wind turbine.
Kitchen & Sanitation
Every day, three billion people in developing countries are exposed to toxic smoke when preparing meals.
Families that prepare meals on open flame risk exposure to toxic smoke and potential accidents from fires. Smoke exposure is the leading cause of acute respiratory infection in Haiti – the number one cause of death for children under the age of five. With the absence of electricity, this is all too common, especially in rural areas like Grand-Bois.
Another major health risk – disease from exposure to garbage and open sewage. Without proper landfills to dispose of waste, streets and waste pipes are overrun with garbage leaving hazardous waste products such as oil, paint, syringes and bodily fluids exposed where they can cause disease and land erosion.
ServeHAITI has spearheaded two major infrastructure projects to improve these environmental conditions and ultimately protect the health of Grand-Bois families.
Outdoor Kitchen & Dining Area
After nearly a year of work, a free standing kitchen was built in 2011 for use by the support staff of the health center. The kitchen features running water, electricity, a new cooking grill, several workstations, cooking ventilation and an outdoor patio.
Incinerator for Safe Trash Disposal
In 2011, a firebrick incinerator was constructed at the health center for combustion and disposal of routine trash and medical waste. With the assistance of five delegates and three Haitian workers, construction was completed in five full days as the incinerator is approximately six cubic feet with a metal stack and two iron grates.
Satellite Communication System
Grand-Bois has no telephone or cell phone service, and until 2007 had no way to communicate with people outside the region. ServeHAITI broke through this communication isolation by installing a high-speed internet system connecting through an earth satellite. Now, with access to the internet, medical staff can instantly solicit advice from other medical professionals and communicate with our U.S. volunteers and offices in Atlanta. Our vision is to expand accessibility with a connection to the local school in St. Pierre.
Poor roads are considered one of the biggest obstacles to improving the well being of the region. Other than a single paved road that bisects the region, Grand-Bois is basically undeveloped. ServeHAITI endeavors to improve the roadways in Grand-Bois to increase mobility and economic opportunity for the citizens. While direct road construction is likely beyond our resources or expertise, we are consulting with road engineers and local political leaders to investigate options.
We are looking for knowledgeable volunteers and contributors to make a mark. Interested in traveling to Haiti to provide support? Contact us.