Baptist’s Build Homes and Hope for Haitian Communities

Determined to get 2500 homes in Haiti, plus community businesses

Photo from Baptist Press

“The goal of the home construction campaign has not been just to build houses, but rather to build Haitians and their communities,” said David Brown with Baptist Global Response

“As a result of community transformation, small businesses have been created to meet construction supply needs and transportation of those supplies,” continued Brown

Community transformation will happen all around the island when portions of the concrete construction supply chain are supported by small local businesses. The Baptist’s are demonstrating the principle of teaching a man to fish and then following up with payments to the local suppliers for these well-funded projects.

With the “hand-up” assistance rather than the “hand-out” mentality, the Haitian people can build an economy that will become sustainable. We commend Baptist Global Response for assisting construction supply start-ups and suggest that this should be the pattern for economic development in the region. It would be great if there was a local ready-mix supplier who provided the foundation for these block homes. In addition, a local engineer could be hired to manage the project and a local concrete testing business could insure the quality of the block and the concrete.

A supportive hand-up can be offered to Haiti on many fronts; From the aggregate mining process to the inspection of the work at the job site, there are many opportunities for Haitian business opportunities. Without the proper support from groups like the Baptist’s, Haiti will have trouble building back better. CementTrust will continue to highlight and support the business development actions that build a better concrete supply chain in Haiti and around the world.

(Note: Sadly, we don’t see any supportive cement mixing technology at work in this particular image of a block home, but we feel that they are moving the business development process in the right direction.)

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust


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I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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