Just over a year has passed since the January 12, 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti and since UFCW committed to helping with reconstruction. Since then, the UFCW has been working with Hope for Haiti and the Mortel Family Foundation to rebuild the computer resource center and library for the St. Francois de Sales primary and secondary school in Riviere Froide and the computer center and library at the James Stine College in Saint Marc.
In Riviere Froide, the St. Francois de Sales school is located on a mountainside which makes the plans and construction challenging. Hope for Haiti is working with a Chilean architect and Haitian engineers who have reached a final draft and construction will begin soon. Once constructed, the computer resource center and library will be located on the first level of the building. The two rooms will cover 1,000 square feet, have 26 computer stations, a reading area, and adequate space for book storage.
Construction on the James Stine College in St. Marc is well underway. By November, 2010 work had begun on the third story of the building. Doors and other finishes were being hung on completed floors of the building. They are planning to welcome their first students in September 2011, offering quality secondary education to youth from the area that would have otherwise had to travel to Port-au-Prince to complete high school.