Partnering With Other Organizations
HSP was originally formed to build a school in Villard. We raised the money for the school; provided construction services; purchased local materials; and used Haitians living in Villard to build the school.
Over the years we have continued to build schools and toilets, but we have changed the methods we use to improve the services we provide. These changes are a result of lessons learned about how to build in Haiti and identifying an important area of need, providing construction management services to non-governmental organizations working in Haiti.
As a partner HSP provides the following; design services, architectural and engineering drawings, budgets, schedules, reports updating construction and budget, construction crew, and materials. These services are provided at no cost to the partnering NGO. The NGO partner provides funding for labor and materials.
HSP knows how to construct safe buildings in Haiti using the International Building Code meeting earthquake and hurricane design standards while at the same time using the most common method of construction in Haiti, confined masonry.
Sadly almost all new construction in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake using the same methods that resulted in the catastrophic destruction buildings and loss of life. The bottom line is most NGOs in Haiti have little construction knowledge about building safe buildings in Haiti, therefore their construction projects rarely meet safety standards. This is why HSP believes it is important hire a construction manager that will have an experienced crew and supervisor on the project insuring the project will be built per the plans and specifications.
Most NGO’s in Haiti don’t have someone in country to monitor the progress of their construction projects. We send a weekly report which identifies what work was completed and what work is scheduled for the next week, including photos of the work. We also add information about budgets, and money transfer requirements to buy materials and pay for labor. This keeps everyone engaged in the project and reassures them that the work is progressing.