A Very Powerful Symbol – How James Ansara Works with Partners in Health for Haiti

We have chronicled the work of Partners in Health as they build a teaching hospital in Haiti. (More stories HERE and HERE)

We have learned that there is one of the donors who is a symbol of how we can improve the construction supply chain in Haiti and in other under-developed countries of the world.

James Ansara is a successful contractor from the Boston area who is lending his expertise in a big way.

This charitable contractor may be the reason that the Mirebalais Hospital is demonstrating how a working concrete supply chain can produce a quality building even in difficult conditions.

Concrete delivered to the Mirebalais Hospital

Transit-mix concrete delivery

We witness concrete coming down the chute of a transit-mix truck. We see small projects receiving concrete that was mixed in a small contractor mixer instead of with shovels on the ground.

A small concrete mixer in Haiti at the Mirebalais Hospital site

Using small contractor mixers

Mr. Ansara is using his years of experience working in a functioning supply system to adapt these practices in Haiti.

He is demonstrating that good engineering and materials testing can be integrated into construction even when done in poverty. He is showing that mixing concrete using modern equipment is the only way to build a sustainable structure in an earthquake zone.

But most of all he is telling the international development community that accepting poor quality is not acceptable, even for the poorest of the world.

CementTrust applauds the work of James Ansara and Partners in Health as they provide Haiti with the symbol of building back better…

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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