The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) gave one million dollars to Maranatha Volunteers International in August 2011 to build schools in Haiti. At the time surprise was expressed at this unprecedented collaboration between the denomination’s humanitarian agency and an independent Adventist charity.
The project was reported at the time by the Adventist Review as part of ADRA’s “long-term commitment to rebuilding” in the aftermath of a major earthquake. It was initiated at the request of Michel Martelly, president of the Caribbean nation, with the goal of improving access to education.
The specific objective is the construction of 100 one-room school buildings. Maranatha Volunteers focuses on sending international volunteers to build schools, orphanages, homes, clinics and hospitals, as well as churches. The announcement in the Adventist Review stated that “the structure of the classrooms will follow Maranatha's ‘One Day School’ model. These steel-walled classrooms have been designed for warm environments, ensuring each classroom is properly ventilated with large windows and strategically placed vents, and features white colored roofs to reflect the sun's rays.”
Adventist Today initiated follow-up reporting on this year-old project to see what progress has been made. “The fabrication of the 100 classrooms has been completed,” states Kyle Fiess, vice president for marketing and projects at Maranatha Volunteers. “The final shipping container is being loaded this week. All buildings are in various phases of shipment to Haiti, and 41 concrete floors have been completed. Maranatha crews are actively working on the balance.”
It appears that the project is on schedule to be completed according to its planned schedule. ADRA raised the funds and has provided development expertise and interaction with government officials and community leaders. Maranatha Volunteers has recruited the essential volunteer labor and provided project management. The collaboration has evidently proved effective.
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