Heading to Haiti

On Monday morning Greg Hale, from HALE TiP and Tom Pavone from LaBella Associates, will fly to Pot au Prince, Haiti. This will be Greg's fourth trip since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck there in 2010. He first went with a team to help assess the structural damage of buildings affected by the earthquake. He soon realized how desperate the need was for Haitian engineers to be educated on safe building practices. You see, in Haiti there is no OSHA, there are no building codes, there is no permit process when you want to put an addition onto a building. So, in addition to helping to assess the buildings, he began to teach. He wanted to help them to build safer structures that could withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. While there he was introduced to the vision of Haiti Providence University. Haiti Providence University was founded in October 2011 - a Christian liberal arts unviersity located 30 miles east of Port au Prince, Haiti. "The mission of this university is to provide a Christian, liberal arts education where students can live on campus. The country of Haiti needs graduates who will remain in Haiti and contribute to the betterment of Haitian society, economy, and culture. HPU provides a solid education based on Christian values and promotes social entrepreneurship during their academic career." Since the earthquake Greg and other engineers from Rochester have been providing technical support and education on safe construction practices. On this trip he is taking the drone down to fly the 200 acre campus. They will use the data collected for future site planning. To learn more about the University and find out ways to help it grow, please visit the Friends of Providence University website at http://www.hpufriends.org

 The first graduating class from Haiti Providence University in 2016. 

The first graduating class from Haiti Providence University in 2016.