New Life School

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New Life School

New Life School is an amazing facility in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was founded over 30 years ago by Merriam from Lake Worth Florida. Miriam Frederick has built an operation that serves orphaned children. There are approximately 100 children living on site, several with disabilities. The property was a major home base for many volunteers following the 2010 earthquake. The children are cared for, educated and are part of a family. Volunteers visit the home from around the world offering their talents and skills. The property has electrical service, guest accommodations and is a refuge. We have visited New Life, repaired their well, and spent the night. We hope to return and help expand the facility to include a new well to support their growing organization. On our last trip, Jan 2012, Miriam was made the Ground Coordinator for the USA Center for Disease Control effort fighting cholera in Pestel. New Life is also a base for doctors and nurses arriving to help fight the cholera outbreak.
Read more about our visit to New Life Children's Home
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Location

New Life was founded in 1977 by Miriam Frederick. It is located directly next to the main airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
New Life School Website

Facility

New Life School is a 5 acre compound consisting of an orphanage, guest house, workshop, church and school. Overnight accommodations are available for individuals or groups. the property also includes a vegetable garden, rabbit and chicken hutches, and 3 cement aquaculture fish tanks.

Type of Work Projects

In addition to being a full-time orphanage, New Life is growing into a volunteer center functioning as a base for many people working on projects in and around Port-au-Prince. Volunteers help care for the children, teach school, work on small-medium construction projects, provide medical treatment, and help maintain the facilities. Some spend only a day or two on property while others may stay for months.

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The Project

Images of the spring box and pipe installation from Nepal, May 2016.



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Welcome Ceremony

Images of the welcome ceremony in Kabilash Nepal, May 2016.



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Nepal

Images from the field trip to Jomson Nepal, May 2016.



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The People

Photos of the people of Nepal, May 2016.



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  • Project Summary

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  • Type of Work Projects

    In addition to being a full-time orphanage, New Life is growing into a volunteer center functioning as a base for many people working on projects in and around Port-au-Prince. Volunteers help care for the children, teach school, work on small-medium construction projects, provide medical treatment, and help maintain the facilities. Some spend only a day or two on property while others may stay for months.

  • What We Did

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  • What We Learned

    We learned the people of Kabilash, Nepal are a close cooperative of people in need of assistance improving their access to clean drinking water. The villagers enthusiastically volunteered their services, access to land, on-hand supplies, and hospitality. The area has received no support since the 2015 earthquake. The school provides education to 440 students from the surrounding villages, some students walk 2 hours each way to attend class. The village is very remote and is only accessible by a steep dirt road 3 hours outside Kathmandu. Given the right contacts it is possible to execute a small project in 7-days.

  • Some Details

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  • What It Cost

    All funds donated were spent directly on the project. This includes the visit by our team, purchase of construction supplies, delivery, labor, parts and fittings. Our team is made 100% of volunteers who bring experience, skills and work side-by-side with the local poject team.

  • Costs

    The project consists of a two week onsite visit to assess the project in person, establish relationships, negotiate with vendors, appoint a local project team and project coordinator and purchase and deliver supplies. The pipe, valves, cement, concrete all cost $4,000. Cost for the onsite visit, transportation and room & board cost $4,500. Our team collected data, worked side-by-side with the local team to ensure appropriate construction and verify the results. We purchased $500 worth of items to bring back and use in our fundraising events scheduled for later this year where we hope to raise $10,000 to fund 6 additional pipe installations to the most remote areas of the village.

  • Data We Collected

    We sampled and tested water at public fountains. We collected GPS geographic data to establish elevations and locations of the project site, surrounding area and water test sites. We photographed and documented the surrounding area of the Kabilash village. We Collection contact information for pipe supplies, laborers, administrative contacts, hotels, supply vendors, transportation providors and local contacts.

  • Photo Album

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