safeguarding cultural heritage, social and architectural wooden houses in Cuba

Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel, Social et Architectural des Maisons en Bois de Cuba

Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel, Social et Architectural des Maisons en Bois de Cuba

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Global project for Haiti

Training, learning to the basic techniques of carpenter's job

Objective: teach the bases of carpenter's job


This project approaches an approach integrated into the professional development, in particular the apprenticeship of the bases of a job by the wood, carpenter's job. We noticed that a major part of young people living in camps and having stopped their studies carried an interested, curious and eager to learn look when you practise a manual activity and besides, with tools.

With the financial support of our partners in France (Crédit Agricole, SAS La Tuile de Bois), we were able to include in the project of the construction of the hospital Drouillard Sarthe, hours of trainings concerning to the safety of construction site, the techniques of carpenter and the organization of a workstation. So, at the end of the project of this hospital, 63 Haitian were able to benefit completely from a minimum of 170 hours of trainings for the last newcomers and 210 hours of training for the first ones.

With data sheets (translated into Creole) and tools, our carpenters in the numbers of nine among which four journeymen were able to pass on their knowledges to their group (a carpenter for approximately ten workers). A mentioning diploma, the bases of the job as well as the made hours were delivered to these 63 persons, giving evidence of a regular follow-up of training in the bases of carpenter's job. Today, we have a particular pride to follow a group of five persons having participated in this training, having constituted a competent and autonomous working team. They are in their second contract of construction at private individuals there.

We tried to set up a training on a software of drawing CAO / DAO in partnership with the teams of SEMA, we had to abandon after the flight of our computer hardware that we were not able to renew.

Future directions:

1 : To propose a training in carpenter's jobs, in a workshop full-time, supports and accompaniment for a possible starts work in a local company of the participants.

2 : To establish associations between pupils and inhabitants for a better expression and a bigger visibility of their learning.

3: To find a financial support for the training to the software of drawing CAD / CAD.

BUDGET: for one year 16 400 euros

Perdiems of on-the-spot companions: 6 600€

Freshly on the spot during 12 months: 4 800€

Payment of the wood, the diverse materials and the local craftsmen which will be trained: 4 000€

Materials and equipments which will be left with the school subject to its commitment in other renovation: 1000€

Wooden modular school - Sinai camp

Objective: school the children in camps


The project aimed at stimulating partnerships between city halls, MENFP (Ministry of Education and vocational training) and four classrooms CAMAHA implanted in four victims' camp of the devastating earthquake of twelve in January, 2010. On these four classrooms, only one is in activity today.

After two years of dialogues with the authorities of the country, no CAMAHA school was able to enjoy a help to school children. Three inactive classrooms are use to the management of the concerned camps today and also serve as shelters when a storm or a thunderstorm mutters on the country.

A classroom is in office since December, 2010, with an average of forty five pupils a day. With the management commitee of the camp SINAI set up by the OIM (International Organization for Migration), and CAMAHA us requestad for the school year 2010, the MENFP, to take advantage of the plan "free education for the children" set up by the new Haitian government, but in vain.

We have to count on two volontary professors who assure the class in the rooms of the camp SINAI. These professors began this school year without remuneration. We also count on gifts of school and educational stationery reaching us from friends, families and knowledge with France to equip pupils and professors. Our partners and sponsors in France (Credit Agricole, SAS La Tuile de Bois) contributed to finance classrooms. The classes are assured from 8 am in the morning till 2pm with a recreation and there lunch break for those with whom the parents were able to fill the box to have lunch.

While protecting the social identity and by contributing to the cultural and educational improvement of the child we were and are confronted with the tenacity of a succession of corrupt government. Certainly, certain schools benefited from bottom for the current school year. But that will it take place after next holidays when NGO which build schools and support them financially will leave the country (as it's the case for 60% of the NGO present after the earthquake), if the government doesn't take back the management of these schools?

Future directions:

1: Make sensitive the Ministry of Education and the Vocational training as well as the mayors of cities in the questions of the participation of the inhabitants in the well-balanced development of the eductaion and the culture for the children and the young adults.

2: Continue to press the MENFP concerning the remuneration for the professors, the total coverage of the school of the camp SINAI (canteen and freshly school).