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Haiti PowerPlay Child Care Centre

Description of Programme:

United Caribbean Trust (UCT,) a registered charity in Barbados (Charity #842,) seeks to establish the first ever PowerPlay Child Care Center in Haiti, the Center will:

• Provide housing for 12 young married couples who are living in the Tent Cities following the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Three years after the earthquake there are still millions of Haitians living in these conditions.


• Provide foster care for 72 street children within the Haiti PowerPlay Child Care Center (PPCCC)

Most people in Port au Prince continue to sleep under tents, tarps or sheets. Most people in Port au Prince continue to sleep under tents, tarps or sheets. Most people in Port au Prince continue to sleep under tents, tarps or sheets.

• Strengthening the future of sustainable family farming in the Les Cayes area by bringing together farmers, families and entrepreneur to encourage a closer understanding of food production for the children in our care.
• Provide funding to cover costs including food and wages thought a ‘PowerPlay Poultry and Fish Project. ‘

Introduction to the UCT PowerPlay Child Care Center (PPCCC):

The objective of UCT is to establish PowerPlay Child Care Centers (PPCCC) within the various areas in Haiti that we have been working starting a pilot project in Les Cayes,

Aims and Objectives:

1. To meet Spiritual and physical needs of the orphaned children in Haiti by providing basic housing within a loving family environment.

2. To fight and eradicate poverty from the marginalized and disadvantaged children through establishment of micro and macro income generating activities especially agricultural enterprise, each child care home will be on ½ acre of land enabling the establishment of Kitchen Gardens and Animal Husbandry to encourage self sufficiency.

3. To guard, protect and advocate for the fundamental rights of children.

4. To train and equip personnel that will handle children’s programmes across Haiti.

5. To coordinate children focused, character building, activities within the Centers.

6. To strengthen and improve the quality of life, of children and their families and attain economic self reliance through sustainability initiatives and vocational training.

7. To act as a forum, drawing together and uniting other children’s programmes in Haiti, so that they can adopt common strategies and act collectively on matters of mutual concern

8. To liaise and dialogue with National and International organizations in order to develop and improve on matters pertaining community development, welfare of children and relief

Project Plan

•To purchasing lands in various areas in Haiti, starting with a pilot project in Les Cayes. Over the years UCT has been working in all these areas within Haiti and have identified key persons that will be able to manage and run these PowerPlay Child Care Centers. Personnel have already been trained in a variety of children’s ministry programmes in preparation for this project including Kids Evangelism Explosion and Kids In Ministry International and other character building, life skills programmes.

•Constructing of 12 homes to house the house parents and a minimum of 6 children maximum of 12 in each home. Eventually UCT would like to include other facilities including schools if not available, youth center and vocational training school within the Child Care Center.

•Developing recreational play areas for children's education and training, and for leisure activities including a football field to encourage children's ministries such as KidsGames and educational programs such as Kicking AIDS Out utilizing sports to teach the children about HIV/AIDS.

•Developing enterprising projects such as farming and animal husbandry to provide sustainability for the residents.

• Establish individual Kitchen gardens and chicken farm on the land behind the child care homes as well as a communal fish farm, Aquaponics and Agro Forestry.

•Establishment of two Bio Gas plant utilizing chicken manure to create our own gas for communal cooking.

•Developing Permaculture Gardens designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. These will be located on the ½ acre plots of land that houses the child care homes.

•Producing income generating crops on the agricultural land to enable the projects to administrative fees and stipends to the house parents. Including animal fodder such as Mulburry bushes.

•Providing training and employment opportunities on site for older orphans in the form of vocational training

Cluster Development:

These 12 homes will be positioned in a cluster development on a maximum of 10 acres of land. Cluster development is the grouping of the residential structures on a portion of the available land, reserving a significant amount of the site as protected open space. The usable open space can meet a number of community goals such as sports playing fields, agricultural projects and animal husbandry to encourage sustainability.

These basis 896 sq ft, four bedroom, two bathroom property will be a earthquake and hurricane resistant home at affordable prices resulting in a stronger, safer, more durable & energy efficient home structure that is also environmentally friendly & responsible in much less time than other construction systems. The structural insulated panels have a polystyrene core and use the stronger outer sheeting of cement sheet (like Hardibacker) not OSB (oriented strand board). You do not need to fix sheet rock or waterproofing to the panels as they arrive from the factory ready for painting or tiling etc. saving you money and time.

Eco Friendly

The panels are made of renewable materials that are 100% recyclable. The UN has approved this material for green building projects. The added insulation of the polystyrene creates a far more efficient home than conventional timber or concrete building methods. The polystyrene insulation of the panels provide great sound proofing & thermal resistance qualities.
Earthquake proof building materials

SIPs have been found to be the safest building system for earthquake zones. Because a SIP house is glued and screwed, it will hold up well against the strongest of earthquakes.

In 2004, the International Code Council’s Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) approved the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs) on the West Coast of the USA where high-risk seismic zones exist (Seismic Categories D1, D2, and E.)

The product can also withstand 200 mile per hour winds for hurricane prone areas.

Because this modern building product is fire resistant is can be used to make a fire break between rooms. Your children will be sleeping in the safest building system money can buy when you build a SIP house.

SIP sizes & prices

Floor and roof panels are 6” thick. Wall panels are 4" thick. All panels have both facings of 3/8 in. thick hardboard fiber cement sheet panel. Panels come in lengths of 8' or 10' or 12'.

SIPs are easy to cut with standard hand tools, which eliminates complications on the job site, or the panels can be cut for you at the factory.

The panels are prepared for easy assembly by placing identifying marks before shipping them to you for assembly.

This is good news for all building professionals and home buyers who want a stronger, safer home with the energy savings and comfort that SIP built homes provide. The panel factory makes each structural insulated panel as a sandwich. This simple sandwich panel forms an amazingly strong insulated panel for building. You can then use any kind of finishing, stucco, tile or rock.


Rainwater harvesting:
Rainwater harvesting is the accumulating and storing, of rainwater for reuse. It has been used to provide water for livestock, water for crop irrigation, as well as household usage eg bathing and flushing toilets. Rainwater collected from the roofs of houses can make an important contribution to the availability of drinking water, but may require treatment or filtration before consumption. Rainwater harvesting systems can be simple to construct from inexpensive local materials, and are potentially successful in most habitable locations. Each house within the PPCCC will be served with two large outdoor water tanks and a solar pump to service an indoor tank for household use and to be used in conjunction with the Sawyer PointOne Water Filter.

Sawyer PointOne water filtration:

The Sawyer Point One Filter is the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient way to get drinking water.
• Up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, cleaner than US bottled water anywhere in the world!
• Millions of gallons for a onetime cost
• Simple gravity operated design
• Easy to maintain and use
• US $100 will provide a community filter including a 5 gallon bucket and a 50 gallon tank with tap

UCT has distributed hundreds of these excellent filters in Haiti following the earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak earlier this year.

Children of Bethesda school receiving their Sawyer Filter Community Unit
Children of Bethesda earthquakedisaster orphanage receiving their Sawyer Filter Community Unit
Children of Bethesda school receiving their Sawyer Filter Community Unit

Play Pumps
While children have fun spinning on the PlayPump merry-go-round (1), clean water is pumped (2) from underground (3) into a 2,500-liter tank (4), standing seven meters above the ground.
A simple tap (5) makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole (6).

The water storage tank (7) provides a rare opportunity to advertise in outlaying communities. All four sides of the tank are leased as billboards, with two sides for consumer advertising and the other two sides for health and educational messages. The revenue generated by this unique model pays for pump maintenance.

The design of the PlayPump water system makes it highly effective, easy to operate and very economical, keeping costs and maintenance to an absolute minimum. A solar pump is supplied in case of insufficient children ‘playing’ to pull up the water required for a community. Capable of producing up to 1,400 liters of water per hour at 16 rpm from a depth of 40 meters, it is effective up to a depth of 100 meters. It is estimated that it will cost US $10,000 to dig the well and install the PlayPump.

Solar lighting
UCT will be researching the possibility of solar lighting for these homes identifying companies that are already bringing relief to Haiti such as Sol Inc.Sol believes ‘Energy is a Human Right’ and we assign a great priority to the importance of sustainable energy.

Sol, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is the largest and most established firm dedicated to the design and manufacturing of commercial-grade solar lighting solutions. Based in Palm City Florida, Sol has over 38,000 reliable solar lighting systems installed worldwide. Sol’s solar lights systems provide trouble-free lighting with unsurpassed levels of illumination and reliability for numerous applications. We will be supplying each of our PowerPlay Child Care Homes with a solar system because the electrical supply in Haiti was difficult before the earthquake and has remained non-existent in many regions since then.

Composting toilet
Pour-flush pit latrines overcome the problems of flies, mosquitoes and odour by having a pan with a water seal (a U-shaped conduit partly filled with water) in the defecation hole. Excreta deposited in the latrine pan is flushed by pouring 1 litre of water into it. Water remains in the U-shaped conduit blocking air flow and odour. The mixture is directed into a pit and organic wastes are biodegraded. Sludge has to be regularly emptied from the pit. The use of two adjoining pits alternately enables the sludge in a full pit to undergo further decomposition while the other pit is being used, and enables manual sludge emptying after further sludge decomposition.
Bio Gas production plant

Domestic biogas plants convert livestock manure into biogas and slurry or fermented manure. This technology is feasible for small holders with livestock producing 50 kg manure per day, an equivalent of about 6 pigs or 3 cows. This manure has to be collectable to mix it with water and feed it into the plant. Pour-flush pit latrines can be connected. Another precondition is the temperature that affects the fermentation process. With an optimum at 36 C° which is ideal for Africa. Depending on size and location, a typical brick made fixed dome biogas plant can be installed at the yard of a rural household with the investment of US $2,000.

A high quality biogas plant needs minimum maintenance costs and can produce gas for at least 15–20 years without major problems and re-investments. For the user, biogas provides clean cooking energy, reduces air pollution from charcoal fires and reduces the time needed to collect fire wood a job done especially by women and children. The slurry is a clean organic fertilizer that potentially increases agricultural productivity and will be used in the kitchen gardens within each PowerPlay Child Care Home.

Income generating business opportunities:
Agriculture – The land in Haiti is over 10 acres in total we will only be using 6 acres for the PowerPlay Homes, 2 acres for the football and playing field, and 2 acres for the animal husbandry. It is our plan to plant ground provisions and vegetables which will generate an income to help cover the cost of staff and administration. We want to encourage the families within the program to grow more vegetables. Money is required for labour, equipment, seeds, and natural fertilizers. These Kitchen Gardens within the center will be an example to teach the children and the community about improved food security and improved nutrition. Successful farms have more than one enterprise. We will be encouraging a mixed farming enterprise to improve cash flow and reduce financial and business risk. The entire operation will be a model of ecologically sustainable agriculture. Everything will be grown organically using only natural fertilizer from the chicken and pig farm. Reclaimed water is used whenever possible. We want our Kitchen Gardens to be ecologically friendly and sustainable. The cost for a vegetable garden setup is US $600 per family = US$ 7,200

Poultry farm: - Despite enormous potential, domestic production still can not cover the needs of dairy products, eggs and poultry and meat cuts in Haiti. 30 million eggs are consumed in Haiti each year and out of that only 1 million are produced in Haiti.

Total investment needed for 6 PowerPlay Poultry Farms US $145,043.00

Fish farming - Fish provide valuable protein and fish stocks commercial inland fish farming not only provides additional fish but also much needed incomes.

The cost to build a 1 hectare fish farm pond is US $6,915.14
The cost to build 6 Hydroponic greenhouses is US $60,000.00

Beekeeping - We want to set up a beekeeping project within the Center. This project will provide honey, and give a sustainable income.
The cost is US $600 per project X 12 = US $7,200
A keeper US$1000
Misc US $200
Purchase 1 box of bees is US $100
60 boxes = 5 boxes per child care home – US $6,000
First year Profits US $625 per family
US $52 per month per family

TOTAL US $435,414.60


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