Gonaïves Operation Center
July has been an exciting month in Gonaïves! ECM has broken ground on a new facility, Gonaïves Operations Center. This center will be a versatile space that will serve many purposes that are all key to the employment of Haitians and feeding children. It will be a space to store inventory, park vehicles, raise chickens for local businesses, and a manufacturing facility for concrete blocks.
Already, many Haitians have been instrumental in the construction of the center. Patrick, ECM’s Haitian Director, oversees the concrete block machine project, the training, and production of the blocks. Pastor Simon, oversees the construction of the foundation, wall, gates, and security. He is also working closely with the masons, laborers, and contractors. Damus, Dieulires, Wilner, and Jean are employed to build the foundation of the Operations Center. Maurilus, Saintober, Jerode, and Ludanio are employed to construct the walls for the center. Sainvil, Docima, and Alisner are employed to build the shade structure to serve as a roof over the concrete block machine. Veus and Derival are employed to provide security to this project.
With the employment of 15 Haitians in the Gonaïves Operations Center, Elevating Christian Ministries is directly impacting the Haitian community as their employment stimulates the local economy and their families and loved ones.
To create a sustainable local construction business that empowers the community surrounding Gonaives, Haiti through employment, and creates financial resources to support the local Bread Program Elevating Christian Ministries.
All the profit from the business will go directly to support the Bread Feeding Program that serves malnourished children in the surrounding area. The project also creates local jobs and empowers the community through viable employment.
Cement block and constriction materials are a viable commodity in the surrounding area as building is constantly expanding. There is currently a 2-week waiting list for quality cement block in the area. There is also consistent demand for other construction materials to support the local building - re-bar, cement, plywood forms, and quality gravel and sand. We plan to fulfill that market demand starting in 2019.