Next Step for The Salvation Army Haiti

The Salvation Army and key players in the Delmas 2 project review the compound model.

In light of the many disasters that have affected our communities in the past few months, it gives us hope to look to our friends in Haiti, who have persevered and overcome much as they continue to rebuild.

In Port-au-Prince, The Salvation Army is nearing the end of planning phase two for their Delmas 2 compound, the headquarters and facilities site that was mostly destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

Chilean architects from Habiterra have presented a scale model and plans for the reconstruction of the Delmas 2 compound.  Key players from The Salvation Army, including the Divisional Commander and directors from College Verena and the clinic, and the director of KNH Haiti, who is funding a large part of the project, assembled for the presentation.

An arial view of the Delmas 2 compound model.

“It’s a very modern and practical school,” said Major Sylvaine Maegli, The Salvation Army’s College Verena Administrator.

The plan, now more developed, includes separate buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary students, a centrally located administration building for control and accessibility and doors and hallways designed to provide access for handicapped children and adults.  There are also plans for a small soccer field, storage for sports equipment, a library and cafeteria.

The proposal will need to undergo further revisions before getting final approval, but we’re all excited to see the great things they have planned.  For more details, you can find the full story here and photos are available for viewing here.