During the January 12, 2010 earthquake, with its epicenter near Port-au-Prince, it was estimated that 30,000 commercial buildings and 250,000 residences were destroyed. Many buildings pancaked, with one level collapsing on top of the lower ones.
Afterwards, there were many discussions by builders and construction engineers on how to raise the standard of construction by increasing the rebar and wooden beams for strength.
During the recent earthquake, in southern Haiti on August 23, 50,000 buildings were destroyed, including many churches.
Constructing safe and strong buildings has been very important to Haiti Foundation of Hope. This was high priority for the Clinic of Hope and the secondary school at Terre Blanche.
God provided someone to ensure the buildings are designed well and built strong: Previl Sineas, a cousin of Pastor Delamy’s. M. Previl is an outstanding architect with an excellent professional education and knowledge for building in Haiti.
For the past 15 years, we have been blessed to have M. Previl’s expertise and continued supervision for all of the buildings constructed on the campus in Terre Blanche. He has invested his heart and creativity in his work.
Thank you, M. Previl. You are a wonderful blessing!
by Joe Markee, HFH Founder Emeritus