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Report of activities of CAMAHA mission in Haiti, August 2010 PDF Print
Written by Bruno Panis   
Sunday, 28 November 2010 12:31

The 1st shelter with Aurélie and Serge

Léogane, November 28th,2010

The prefabrication workshop of the 18-square-meter temporary shelters in Léogane has been operational since last August. The production began with 5 shelters per day with:

  • 7 carpenters at assembling workbenches helped by other 7 workers, plus a foreman.
  • 4 machinists, one worker and a foreman at the wood line
  • Some workers in charge of the supplies
  • A kit-packaging responsible.
  • About 20 people altogether.
  • Team supervisors, building-work supervisors

The production increased rapidly from 5 to 10 shelters per day, and later to 13. After some training for the team supervisors chosen for the installation of shelters, 13 work teams were trained on hoisting. The working site is settled through a marshal in charge of finding the beneficiaries which will be in charge of digging the foundations of their houses.

Workshop: Production area

The carpenter teams arrive just after the kits have been delivered on site. They mount the wooden structures, lay the foundations, mount the sheet metal and fix the tarpaulins which are used as temporary protective covering. Then the beneficiaries will have to invest on a different filling for the walls.

They are also responsible for the cutting and mounting of the doors and windows, which are delivered in the plywood and hardware kits.

Under the pressure of the sponsors, the production had to be increased, it has to be mentioned that the operation was 8 month late according to the plan presented by ACTED.

The solution was to deliver 7 new screwdrivers to the carpenters’ assistants. Up to that moment, they were only responsible for assisting the carpenters by reaching the material for them, and the new position made them very happy.

The daily production increased from 13 to 26 shelters per day without increasing the load of work of the staff but the size of the workshop and the warehouse.

Workshop: Assembling Workbenches

It was also necessary to increase the teams on site, which increased the production per day from 13 to 26 shelters. Many problems of logistics, but it was worthy.

The population is really happy to receive these shelters which, despite everything, are very well designed and built in comparison to many other facilities which can be seen in many places around Haiti.

The objectives fulfilled with the CAMAHA/ACTED cooperation at the Léogane mission show its perseverance all along this test.

It is necessary to mention that we are facing problems with the supplies and logistics like the lack of a trained staff in key positions.

Bruno Panis

Mission Chief of “Camaha for Haiti