Posted by: calloftheandes | June 15, 2011

Construction Begins on New Orphan Group Home in Haiti

by Alysia Kinney and R. Kurtenbach

Heaps and heaps of concrete rubble still dot the urban landscape of Haiti’s capital along with tent cities of those displaced by a January 2010 earthquake, but hope for Haitian orphans springs forth from a construction project in Cap-Haitien.

Dale Sark, who works for a Millersburg, Indiana concrete manufacturer, in May accompanied a work team from the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., to Haiti. They launched construction of the Haiti Children’s Village, a group of family-style homes for orphans that will be operated by Kids Alive International.

Karen Zeck with Haitian children under the care of Kids Alive

Sark and HCJB Global missionary David Rhodes, serving as construction supervisor of the project, accompanied six other team members, including Karen Zeck from the Technology Center, to work long hours with Haitians to lay a 30-by-56-foot concrete slab as the foundation for a family-style home for Haitian orphans. They mixed and poured the concrete by hand.

Kids Alive International is a Christian ministry dedicated to rescuing orphaned and endangered children around the world, and one of its sites under construction is on the northern coast of Haiti in the city of Cap-Haitien.

After the 7.0-strength quake devastated Port-au-Prince, Kids Alive International’s homes and schools have seen their enrollments grow fourfold. Completing the Haiti Children’s Village campus is critical so the village can accommodate 80 orphans and the houseparents. This is the first of eight family-style homes that are planned.

Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with a landmass the size of Maryland, is home to more than 9 million people. Along with natural disasters, the Caribbean country has endured political corruption, a crumbled economy and health crises. The quake left a reported 200,000 dead with Haiti’s government more recently adjusting that fatality count upward to more than 300,000. About 1 million Haitians continue to live in tent cities.

HCJB Global team leader David Rhodes measures at the construction site


“The investment in the lives of Haitian children is an important step toward developing well-rounded, Christ-anchored adults who will one day be able to lead their nation toward a prosperous future,” added David Russell, director of the Technology Center.

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  1. Once again I say Praise the Lord, how about several teams from John Brown University construction majors & engineering, LeToureau students and Azusa Pacific University students. Whomever of the staff of HCJB get ahold of me Greg Markovich (nsaffirm@aol.com) and I will help you make these cnnections. Your retired leader Ron Cline knows me, so check with him. In Christ and Because of Him we have our Gifts.


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