Often on the construction site, especially with the older workers, there were interesting discussions on the social and economic situation of Haiti, debates that were very useful for understanding how to relate to the local mentality.
Many, for example, did not understand the importance of attention to detail, because they considered it unnecessary to adopt measures to improve the liveability of the spaces and quality of life in the homes that in their eyes were useless and expensive.
The recurring question was always the same: “Why spend time and money building something properly that could be lost the next day due to some kind of natural disaster?” To this legitimate and understandable question, we attempted to respond by explaining the more care and attention that goes into building, the greater the chances are of the same resisting and improving quality of life.
Certain workers took note of our suggestions and started to save a part of their wages to invest in something useful and lasting for their future, others saved up enough to start their own personal activities.
These stories show how the money donated for the construction of the project not only helped the children of the NGO but also the entire population of Anse-à-Pitres.
Our hope is that the stories of these six Haitians may spread through the local social fabric and become an example for those who want to try to improve their conditions.