Reuters | Engineering Award Highlights Success of Home Repairs Program in Haiti

Reuters | Published April 7, 2014

A post-Haiti earthquake home repairs program implemented by the Government of Haiti in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will be recognized among other “Global Best Projects” by Engineering News-Record (ENR), an engineering publication.

The winning entry, which took top honors in the Renovation/Repair category, names Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Telecommunications (MTPTC)PADF, and seismic engineering firm Miyamoto International. A panel of judges evaluated each project based on the following criteria: safety, innovation, contribution to improve local or international building standards, construction quality and craftsmanship, and how well teams worked together to overcome challenges. ENR will present this award on May 13 in New York at its Global Construction Summit.

“This recognition serves to highlight not only the quality of work that PADF and its implementing partners did to repair more than 10,000 homes in Port-au-Prince and other areas since 2010, but more importantly to showcase the improvements that have been implemented to ensure that Haitians are building better and stronger,” said Dr. Judith Hermanson, PADF Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and an urban development expert.

The 10,000 homes repair program followed a major structural assessment of more than 413,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince and other areas—nearly every building impacted by the earthquake, an initiative led by the Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works and PADF with technical engineering support from Miyamoto.

The program helped train Haitian engineers, local contractors, and more than 900 masons in improved building practices. It also led to the creation of new national building guidelines for Haiti. Funders included the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)American Red CrossClinton Bush Haiti Fund, the Caterpillar Foundation, as well as other private donors who supported this effort.

“Repairing homes is an important part of rebuilding Haiti. But it must be done using an integrated approach, as PADF is doing today, to ensure that other vital infrastructure such as roads, sewage systems, and community spaces are revitalized, turning neighborhoods into great places to live,” added Hermanson.

About PADF

PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic development programs for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil society and community groups in support of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2013, it helped more than 10.2 million people in 22 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, Suriname, Honduras, and Belize, and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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