Much accomplished: Haiti mission’s after-action report



The metal roof on Pastor St. Luc’s house was in pretty rough shape and needed to be replaced. Photos submitted.

The metal roof on Pastor St. Luc’s house was in pretty rough shape and needed to be replaced. Photos submitted.

This mission started on February 19 and ran through March 21. There was a lot to be accomplished on my recent month-long trip to Haiti for Mission 18.1. I am happy to say that almost everything on the task list was completed—even a bit more.

I returned from Haiti on March 21, have been back in Aurora for a week and have managed to rest enough to finish the paperwork for this mission. I now need to turn my attention to the fundraising portion of the mission which could not be completed prior to leaving for Haiti.

The new metal roof on Pastor St. Luc’s house.

The new metal roof on Pastor St. Luc’s house.

The request for our support and a rapidly approaching departure date made for tight time constraints and did not allow for fundraising efforts. If you are a past sponsor, I hope that you will provide your support after the fact for the mission just completed. We are seeking approximately $1,000 to cover the expenses incurred for this recent trip. A to-do list of what was accomplished during the month I was there follows:

The following items were completed during this month-long mission, which was also the longest trip to date:

The Minnesota Discovery Center would like to thank all of the sponsors, MN Power, Range Engineering Council, Jasper Engineering, Polymet Mining, IRRR, Applied Learning Institute, UMD, Owens Family Charitable Foundation, Hibbing Foundation, NewCon Company, American Bank, BARR Engineering, Cleveland Cliffs, DMR, Hunt Electric, Iron Mining Association, Twin Metals, Blandin Foundation, Northland Foundation, United States Steel, and the NE MN Office of Job Training for their support in helping fund the 7th annual Iron Range Science & Engineering Festival. With your help, we had over 1,350 7th grade students from 17 different schools across the Taconite Relief Area attend to explore and learn about all of the different ways science and engineering can be applied to their lives. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped each day. We appreciate your help and are looking forward to next years’ festival.

The Minnesota Discovery Center would like to thank all of the sponsors, MN Power, Range Engineering Council, Jasper Engineering, Polymet Mining, IRRR, Applied Learning Institute, UMD, Owens Family Charitable Foundation, Hibbing Foundation, NewCon Company, American Bank, BARR Engineering, Cleveland Cliffs, DMR, Hunt Electric, Iron Mining Association, Twin Metals, Blandin Foundation, Northland Foundation, United States Steel, and the NE MN Office of Job Training for their support in helping fund the 7th annual Iron Range Science & Engineering Festival. With your help, we had over 1,350 7th grade students from 17 different schools across the Taconite Relief Area attend to explore and learn about all of the different ways science and engineering can be applied to their lives. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped each day. We appreciate your help and are looking forward to next years’ festival.

• All of the old electric wiring was removed from Pastor St. Luc’s home.

• An electric fence was installed to keep neighboring animals out of the food garden.

• The broken safe drinking water system at the compound was repaired and we got it working.

• The metal gate at the front of the compound was fixed so it now opens and closes properly.

• An additional room in the clinic was wired for light and an outlet was installed to provide power to run the electric fence that was installed to protect the food garden.

• We moved the secure tool and supply cabinet over to a room in the clinic. Because it was so heavy we had to remove the contents, take it apart, move it, put it back together and put the contents back once it was in its new location.

• A broken water line serving the toilet and sink in the guest bathroom was repaired.

• The water pump was fixed which resulted in a boost to the water pressure in the guest shower.

• The plumbing was changed so the water pump would serve just the guest shower.

• All of the metal roof panels for the new roof were cut to help speed up construction.

• The new sewer line from the guest bathroom had to be repaired after the masons dropped a chunk of cement on it and broke it.

• We wired the little store where Pastor St. Luc’s wife, Anita, helps earn some grocery money for the family. One light with a switch and two outlets were added. Two shelf units also were built where she can organize the small stuff she has for sale.

• Pastor St. Luc’s home was rewired after the earthquake damage was repaired and the new roof was installed.

• Someone gave Anita a used kitchen sink and she wanted me to hook it up. I had some scrap lumber so I built a small cabinet to hold the sink. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to hook up the water and sewer. The connections had been put into the floor before the cement for the floor was poured but my time there was coming to an end. A local plumber will come and finish hooking it up. Anita is extremely excited as she has never had running water or plumbing in her kitchen before!

All-in-all this mission trip was very much a success. We even accomplished several things that were not on our to-do list. The community water project still seems to be working okay, as well as the two new locations that the Water Board added on their own.

And, because most of the floors in Pastor St. Luc’s home were removed, re-bar was added and cement was poured on the rest of the floors. As a result, the Pastor and Anita decided to have ceramic tile put on the new floors. Wow! did that make a difference!

As a result of getting most of our list finished, plus more, Pastor St. Luc and his family now have a dry, safe and cozy house to live in. I am glad to have had the opportunity to help.

Many thanks to everyone that helped make this mission possible and I am hoping you will be able to help in our fundraising efforts. More information and images can be found on our organizations website, www.NACEC.org

Edward Addy lives in Aurora, MN. He is the founder and executive director of the non-profit public service organization North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC). Learn more at www.nacec.org or by calling 218-305-4100.

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