Ateliers-École des Métiers de la Construction is an initiative of the ELCA and the Lutheran Church in Haiti that began in response to the 2010 earthquake. The program teaches young people vocational skills that will not only help them get a job, but also help the country recover. Joseph Livenson Lauvanus, president of the Lutheran Church in Haiti, says of the program, “Not only they would have a skill for the future, they would have a skill to earn some money. They would help their own community by building some good homes that could withstand hurricanes, earthquakes.” To read more about what Joseph had to say about the reconstruction effort in Haiti check out “For the right reasons”.
Students learn construction skills that will not only help them earn a job after passing their courses but also help Haiti rebuild.
Built on the site of an old sugar plant, the program’s amenities include a concrete block-manufacturing facility.
Students learn all of the steps of the construction process from beginning to end. Joseph says that the program will combat Haiti’s “brain drain” problem and keep these skilled, trained workers in Haiti instead of their looking for work elsewhere.
The first class of Ateliers-École des Métiers de la Construction.