As a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake which devastated Haiti, killing thousands of people including our relatives and friends, we began to explore the various ways to assist young people who are still facing the psychological aftermath. Among many suggestions, together we decided to bring our support to our Alma Mater, College Roger Anglade (CRA), whose walls also succumbed to the earthquake’s tremors.
In 2013, a few members of the Saphir Class reunited after 10 years and conducted their first meeting. Given life obligations, it was not until June 11th, 2015, that James Daniel Laguerre took the initiative to resume the conversations by creating our first virtual group. This group whose primary objective was to bring former classmates together, quickly turned into a forum dedicated to discuss socio-political and economic topics regarding Haiti.
In February 2016, the group was registered under the Association of Roger Anglade College Alumni (ASACRA). In order to broaden our field of actions, this name will later be changed in February 2017 to the Alumni Association of Roger Anglade College Alumni for the Redevelopment of Haiti (ASACRHA). Among all the proposals received during our first meetings, a dedicated committee decided on the most feasible and attainable project.
The laboratory project won a majority of votes because of the existing resources available. One of the members of the association, an expert in the field of chemistry, gathered the necessary equipment and materials, and provided his expertise on how to take a project of this magnitude to a successful completion. This project, although ambitious, would benefit many students currently attending CRA that recorded major material losses due to the crumbling of infrastructure. We wish that the laboratory serves its purpose to equip students with an academic environment conducive to learning where they can link the theoretical knowledge to real-life experiments.
The School under the administration of Mr. Manoel Anglade guaranteed its unconditional support from the outset until the end of the project. The project consisted of three (3) components:
At the beginning of the project, we thought about rehabilitating the old laboratory of the college, an amphitheater with a capacity of 50-60 students but later opted for a more appropriate room that was designed to meet ASACRHA’s vision to encourage better participation and interaction among students. The construction started on August 11, 2016 and ended in November of the same year under the supervision of a group of engineers and chemists hired by ASACRHA. The laboratory that can accommodate 20 students is equipped with two benches, five sinks and several storage spaces to stock equipment.
-Laboratory equipment: The usual glassware and measuring instruments (specimens, burettes, microscopes, erlenmeyer, pipettes, etc.), various accessories (spatulas, glass stirrers) and specific techniques (systems for distillation, decanting, weighing, heating, etc.)
-Substances: ASACRHA also provided samples of dry and wet chemicals (acidic and basic solutions) to facilitate the start of practical work without delay.
-Safety equipment: Any laboratory is at risk of chemical or thermal accidents. In order to mitigate the risks and thus meet international safety standards in this area, the laboratory was equipped with two (2) ABC fire extinguishers to deal with the most common types of fire in the laboratory, a fixed shower First aid to relieve chemical and thermal burns and a station consisting of one (1) lavatory in case of contact with the substances in use. The diphtheria solution is also available at this station. Two (2) washbasins with two faucets were also installed on each side of the benches. The laboratory is also located near the stairs to facilitate the evacuation of students and the gas cylinders are placed right outside the room. This part of the project was carried out with the assistance of ASACRHA experts in this field and of two consultants-chemists of the place. It was also financed in its entirety by the association.
Having a standard laboratory goes hand in hand with the right technique to facilitate student’s learning. This is a fundamental component that has been considered essential with this project, otherwise the laboratory can not function.
Since the adoption of the curriculum (recommended by the Ministry of Education) the choice of books and professors is a prerogative of the institution, it was agreed that the CRA would ensure the training of two laboratory technicians able to assist students in any grade level.
According to the timetable, the laboratory was to be ready by September 2016 school year, however this date was postponed due to the additional time required for the delivery of the equipment and the completion of the required space. The laboratory was inaugurated on November 7th in the presence of the press, members of the CRA Board of Directors, representatives of the ASACRHA committee, professors and students.
This new laboratory, as it says earlier, is the pride of the school and especially of the director. For he particularly did not hide his joy at what was a great moment for all of us. And not once did he hinder us, but on the other hand he showed great collaboration and even admired our dedication. He said, “I found them very participative and very concerned with the training of newcomers and in all frankness that is what is lacking in the country.”
Some call this laboratory a noble gesture, others say that for students and also for school it is a big step towards success.
What does this laboratory represent for you?
Mr Manoel Anglade: “It was a great surprise. I was not expecting that at all. And from this gesture, it must be believed that everything is not lost there is still hope and future in this country. “
Mr Izidor Professor of Chemistry: “The new laboratory is much more suitable for students of the secondary school. In addition, standard materials offer more opportunities for students to practice and participate in experiments. “
Graziella, president of Philo’s class: “This new laboratory is a big step
towards success. And it will allow us to put into practice the theories learned in class and that is what was missing. “
Gabaud, President of Rheto D: “Compared to the first laboratory, it is better suited for practicing what one learns in the classroom.”
Fedi ana ,11th grader: “It’s impressive. And it’s very nice of the Alumni to have thought of us. “
Carmen 10th grader: “This new laboratory represents a lot for me. Thanks to ASACRHA, the theory will be much easier to understand from now on “.
This laboratory donation to our Alma-Mater was not only a challenge from the point of view of the difficulties mentioned above for its realization, but also a means of assessing what ASACRHA is today. This achievement allowed us to greatly appreciate the involvement of each member, to thank all the individual efforts that have converged towards our first success, and to ask ourselves the right questions about the internal structure of our association, our identity which is established and must be strengthened for the better in the education of the young Haitian.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all members of the association who contributed to our success. Furthermore, we want to offer our greatest gratitude to the ones who have gone above and beyond to contribute the implementation of this project.
Valery Estimé (Current President)
Steve Bruny (Current Administrator)
Antonina Abdalah (Active Member)
James Daniel Laguerre (Former President)
Giscard Borgard (Former Vice President)
Kimberly Dorcéus (Former Secretary General)
Jean Duvergnaud (Former Assistant Secretary)
Eveillard Despeines (Ex Treasurer)
David Junior Roche (Ex Treasurer)
Nouchecard Louis (Ex-Councilor)
Vinceslas Colas (Ex Advisor)
Dear readers, members, future members, ASACRHA has a future with this successful project. With a perfect collaboration, it carved a place among others. This is for the betterment of the education in Haiti, and the betterment of those who will benefit from such accomplishment.
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