Each year Mission E4 works to identify our Big 4 highest priority projects to complete. Here are the four projects that we are focusing on in 2020.
The children from the five elementary schools in the Leogane area share a centralized high school. More than a third of the 500 students attending this facility come from further than five miles away. We have had a few small, used vehicles over the past few years attempting to provide transportation for this group. However, these vehicles are no longer functioning, and we have outgrown the capacity for this approach. Mission E4 needs to purchase a school bus in 2020 to alleviate the burden felt by these students and their families. Our estimated cost for this vehicle is $27,000.
This 8700 square foot school building will provide large individual classrooms and a spacious open-air, covered meeting area for 350 children (K-6). Currently Mission E4 has twelve schools that provide Christian education for 3000 students in the impoverished country of Haiti.
The “construction site” picture at the bottom shows our Haitian crew working at this location. The two-foot raised foundation has been laid. Three of the ten, 20’x20’ classrooms will be completed by the end of 2019. We have $45,000 left to raise to complete this project.
On November 2, 2018 Mission E4 closed on a property located in Worcester, MA. Our team has worked with families in this particular neighborhood for almost 20 years. We know that our physical presence here will have a strong impact on our ability to assist with long-term, sustainable and holistic community development.
During phase 1 of this project, we renovated an old, run-down pizza place into a new, inviting café. Additionally, we made upgrades to a small house on the upper part of the property to create a recreation house; complete with a pool table, video game arcade, living room, and small room for table-top games. Phase 1 took us almost a year, with our grand opening event on September 7, 2019.
As part of phase 2, we purchased another adjacent piece of land in 2019. This new parcel gave us street access to the upper level of the property, providing the means for us to make the entire facility ADA compliant. Additionally, the most recent purchase came with a three-bedroom home that we will renovate for classrooms and a clothing ministry. The first step of this building phase is to construct a three-story, covered staircase that will connect the lower and upper levels of the property. Then, we will add wheelchair ramps to both houses, widen the entrances and upgrade the bathrooms to ADA standards. The total cost of phase 2 is $175,000.
In order to offer the 200 children attending the “Institute Bousol Timoun” a chance to attend high school, we must complete the second floor of our school building. Out of the first floor, we serve children from preschool to 6thgrade. In 2020, we will add a 7thgrade class, and continue to add grades each year. To complete the second floor of this school, we still need to raise $75,000.