A damaged trade school in Haiti will receive a heavy donation after it was left in shambles following a massive earthquake in 2010.
Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has donated 16 tons of steel hollow structural sections to École Lakay, located in the town of Le Soleil, just outside of Port-au-Prince.
The company’s president hopes the donation will give the earthquake-stricken country a chance for its students to receive an education that could potentially help in the rebuilding process.
“Donating steel to help rebuild École Lakay. is not only critical to the future students of Haiti, but to the future of their construction industry,” said David Seeger, president of JMC Steel Group.
“Ensuring the ongoing education of Haiti’s skilled youth in construction trades will allow these graduates to help rebuild their country and help ensure that the future of the trades and construction industry is bright.”
The Harrow, Ont.-based company will send square tubes and round tubes that will be used to reconstruct the school’s columns.
The rebuilding project, in which the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is also involved, will result in 16 classrooms, workshops, washrooms, storage areas, covered walkways and a shaded outdoor area.
CISC national marketing manager, Tareq Ali, says the initiative is all about giving back.
“This is a part of our commitment to our corporate and social responsibility,” he said. “We are directly contributing to training workers that will help rebuild a country.”
According to Ali, steel was the material of choice due to its seismic-resistant properties which can help prevent extensive damage in the event of a future earthquake.
The joint effort will send a total 70 tons of structural steel worth over $500,000, by boat, to Haiti.
The CISC projects that rebuilding costs for the school will cost approximately $1.2 million.
It has been two years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti and destroyed École Lakay.
In early 2010, the Canadian Construction Association, L’Association de la construction du Quebec and the British Columbia Construction Association teamed up to rebuild the trades school.
By April 2010, ACQ, accompanied by Builders without Borders, visited Haiti to identify a potential school rebuild project, resulting in the selection of École Lakay