The Kozefò Building Project
As A New Arrival Center primary school grows, the space in our current school building is becoming increasingly limited. With 100 of our 124 students in 7 rooftop classrooms, the building cannot sustain our growing size.
So, it's time for something new.
This is when we weigh our options. It is very important to us that remain in the same neighborhood as our current school building in the community of Pernier, which is where many of our students live. There are a few available plots of land nearby that we are considering, each with their pros and cons.
This is when we dream big. We plan to design a new school building that will comfortably house grades 1-12, as we plan ahead for future expansion. In addition to 12 classrooms, we also would like to add a computer lab, library, kitchen, bathrooms, an office, and sleeping quarters for staff and students as needed.
This is when all of the magic happens. With Haitian tools, construction materials, and builders, we hope to get the structures standing and equipped for learning as soon as we can. With those 100 students currently in classes on the rooftop, getting them into a safer space is our main priority!
The Project Highlights
Plans for a small library room are approved and construction begins.
Kozefo Board Member, Steve, visited the school to check on the progress.
School is in session! Construction ended and classes began!
Walls and roof go up on temporary classrooms on new land.
Putting up walls of temporary classrooms with supplies from the old classrooms.
Laying concrete for flooring for temporary classrooms
ANA students help tear down old classrooms and move supplies to new land.
Tear down old rooftop classrooms to repurpose materials on new temporary classrooms.
Sara meets with Tony Sanneh of the Sanneh Foundation to get advice and learn about grant writing processes.
Building progress of new structures.
Rock hires a 4th-year Engineering student from a local University to assist in the planning for the temporary structures.
Sara meets with staff, students, and parents to get input on the building project and upcoming school year.
Sara and friend Kris visit Haiti to check on building project progress.
7th Annual Kozefò 5K Fun Run/Walk held. Raised over $7,000 toward the Building Project.
Preparing new land for building, plumbing, and electricity.
Adding to and fixing up the existing perimeter wall around the property.
Backhoe is used on the land to clear out an area to lay concrete and build temporary classrooms.
Clearing out vegetation and trees from land.
About $80,000 is raised on GoFundMe and is enough to put down a down payment on the land.
Sara, Rock, and Laura meet with the land owners on the June trip and confirm plans to purchase land.
Beanbag tournament fundraiser at Celebration Lutheran Church raises funds for Building Project.
Paynesville Lutheran Church holds a fundraiser that raises over $17,000 toward the Building Project.
In just over 3 months, over $47,000 is raised on GoFundMe.
Sara, Ann, and Rock invite an architect to survey the potential land to draw up plans.
Volunteer team visits potential new land with students and staff.
Rock identifies plot of land for sale near the current school building.
In just under a month, over $17,000 is raised by friends and family on GoFundMe.
Sara announces the Kozefò Building Project on Facebook Live.
Over 100 students in 7 rooftop classrooms cause a learning and safety risk.
Over the course of this project we will be sending groups of volunteers down to Haiti to help build the school! Are you interested in being on one of those teams?
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