Haiti ARISE Technical Institute exists to provide quality and practical education and hands-on training in skilled trades and technical studies. Classes are initially taught by qualified international volunteer teachers with the goal for each class to become Haitian-led once established over a period of 2 years.
The original school facility had just been completed before the January 12, 2010 earthquake, which severely damaged it beyond repair. The re-construction of Haiti ARISE Technical Institute has been designed to accommodate 4 times as many classrooms as the original school did. Facilities will include sit-down classes, lab rooms, a library, a full industrial kitchen, dining area, and restrooms. Classes will be furnished to house a computer lab, sewing lab, electricity lab, medical training lab, and cooking classes, as well as other sit down classes such as English, Business, Hospitality and Health. An additional shop facility will be established for Carpentry, Mechanics and Welding shop classes.
Estimated Project Cost: $350,000 US for Phase 1.
The first technical classes opened in 2005 with basic typing and English as a Second Language, and classes being held in the open air under mango trees before the original facilities were complete. To date, classes have been offered in ESL, Typing, Music, Basic Computers, Small Business, Sewing, Knitting, Cooking, Carpentry, Mechanics, Electricity and Agriculture, with more than 350 students at the end of Dec 2009. Due to the setback of facilities having to be rebuilt, classes in the last year have been limited to Bible College, ESL and Computers being held in temporary classrooms.
Phase 1 of the new construction of the technical institute is close to being completed with hopes to open classes in the new building in January 2013, starting with computers, cooking, sewing, electricity and continuing ESL and Bible College. Next project will be to build the shop classes for carpentry, welding and mechanics.
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