We are tackling this project in phases as it is a large under-taking. Progress has proceeded well so far due to several reasons. This includes a committed and focused team with a great vision, continued giving of time, talent, and treasure by volunteers and supporters, and a welcoming community in Haiti. We are thankful for the support, the momentum, and the progress.
PROPERTY ACQUISITION OF 20 ACRES
In the fall of 2017, Project Living Hope purchased 19.5 acres of property for the construction of the King Center. Located in the town of Camp Marie, Haiti. Twenty-four people shared claim to the property. For that reason, the signing process took several hours as each person proved their identification and land ownership and each item had to be recorded by hand. The people in the room were excited both to be closing the deal and to see that this project they had heard about was actually moving forward.
KING CENTER MASTER PLAN
When we bought the land, we made an agreement with the community that they would carve out a wider, more drivable road between Route 1 and our property.
Without their involvement, the King Center will only ever be Project Living Hope’s project. But with the community members efforts, this will be Camp Marie’s project. We are taking the time to build relationships and work with them to accomplish the goals.
Having access to our property allowed the geotechnical testing to be done, getting us one step closer to breaking ground on Phase One of the King Center!
TEMPORARY SOCCER FIELD
In October of 2018 we excavated a temporary, dirt soccer field. The Camp Marie team plays in our national league, but they had to use the field in the nearby town of Montrouis as their home turf. On October 21, 2019 they got to play their first game on the temporary soccer pitch on the Project Living Hope land.
On February 2, 2019 PLH broke ground on the King Center campus! The mass grading project spanned five weeks during the months of February and March. Fifteen American and ten Haitian team members worked on the project and an estimated 80,000 yards of dirt was moved by eight machines and seven dump trucks. The building pads for the King Center facilities, three soccer fields and the pond and ditch were completed.
BUILDING PADS AND POND
Our excavation teams worked hard to get the three soccer fields completed because in April of 2019 we started our youth soccer league! The kids and coaches were so excited! We wish all the men who worked hard to prepare the land could see the fruit of their labor firsthand.
In order to keep the games centralized and the playing environment controlled, PLH will host all of the league games on the PLH property. As grass is difficult to maintain with limited water supply and extensive play throughout the week, we are looking to install artificial turf fields.