We are eagerly anticipating breaking ground for the King Center in early 2019.
The King Center will be a place for learning, serving, playing, and building relationships as a community. The different spaces will meet the needs of the Project Living Hope programs and the community of Camp Marie. We foresee all kinds of programs and events taking place in this multi-functional space.
The community hall is a large gathering place that will be ideal for community meetings, events, conferences, and, when needed, shelter durning hurricanes and storms.
The guest house will host visiting teams and other guests. It will include several bunk rooms and private rooms as well as a kitchenette, a gathering room and an open-air porch.
Kitchen and Dining Hall
The commercial-grade kitchen will be used for preparing meals for events and visitors. We also plan to offer culinary arts courses.
Soccer Field and Basketball Court
We currently have one temporary dirt field but we plan to eventually have two full-sized fields and one smaller, youth field. Because grass would be difficult to grow due to water limitations and extensive field use, we plan to install artificial turf on the fields.
Basketball courts are few and far between in Haiti, though basketball is popular among the youth. The courts will host practices, games, and clinics.
The educational center will contain several classrooms for our English program and other job skills courses.
In the shop, students will complete the hands-on portion of their job skills courses. We will also use the building as a workshop durning the construction process, training people in the community to build trusses and other elements for the buildings.
We are partnering with MSAADA Architects - a non-profit, international architectural firm with a branch in Haiti. They have provided the overall design for the campus and the plans and infrastructure for all the buildings. The estimated overall cost of Phase 1 is approximately $1.5 million. It is our objective that we would be able to break ground in early 2019 and start construction of the community hall, education center, kitchen and dining hall, guesthouse, and shop. With all of our prayers and with God's will, this is easily achievable. As God continues to lead us into the future, we have become even more certain of His mission for us here in Haiti.