A New School – Old Concrete Mixing Habits

How can we build better without changing the old traditions?

Islamic Relief USA has provided support for a school reconstruction in Croix-des-Bouquets, Port-au-Prince. This is a wonderful use of generous donations so that many children in Haiti will be better educated. A new school represents somewhat of a renewal for the country following the earthquake of 2010.

Shovels mix concrete on the ground for a school in Haiti

Old Habits Die Hard

This new school even received a visit from Haiti’s Ministry of Education to complement them on the project.

We only wish that with this new school would also come a new and better way of producing concrete for its buildings. Unfortunately we witness mixing on the ground, using shovels. History has demonstrated that this old habit may not be sustainable. We hope that the mixing that we see in these videos is only used in non-structural components of the school.

As Haiti rebuilds anew we should all commit to providing the training and proper tools to change the old ways of mixing concrete on the ground. Until we make a change in the process of cement mixing we may not be building sustainable structures in these poor nations.

With a renewed effort we can both grow the economy and provide safer foundations for the children. We can improve the concrete supply chain and build new opportunities for thousands of skilled Haitian craftsmen if we use new thinking. We invite IRUSA to join us in the effort to build back with a new way of mixing.

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust


About cementtrust

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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