Our first goal at the Benevolence School was to get a two room building and a bathroom built for the 2014/2015 school year to accommodate the new students that would come in. Thanks to God’s timing and a few very generous donations we were able to get started on the building project three months after I first stepped foot into the school.
The timing worked out so that we could be there in the summer to help with construction. First and foremost it is important to us to hire local Haitian labor and provide jobs anytime we can. We helped moving rocks and cinder blocks but we left the building skills to our local partners.
Our school is truly hand crafted from the ground up. Each rock of our foundation was meticulously set by hand one at a time.
“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. ~ David Allan Coe”
I’m always mesmerized and impressed with the men literally mixing the concrete by hand, often in their bare feet. I’ve visited a construction project before where we brought nice work boots and they were simply set aside so they wouldn’t get dirty through the mixing. Here we have so many machines and tools that help us do the work but I find true beauty in the way our crew labored over our school.
As the week passed the walls built up around us. This was the beginning of something so much bigger than we’ll ever truly realize. There is no telling how many people this school will impact. Our hope is that this building, this school, these children will cause ripples throughout the community as an example of what God is doing there. We are so thrilled to have you by our side as we continue to grow and impact others!
Lebanon, TN 37087