Meet Claudel Pierre

Claudel is a civil engineer with over 10 years of construction management experience in Haiti. He graduated from ISTH (Institut Superieur Technique d’Haiti), and has since worked as an engineer and project manager for industry, government, and various NGOs. Claudel is a strong leader on-site with laborers and subcontractors, creating an environment where everyone works hard and works together for efficient construction and a high quality building. 

Claudel is a key part of the team, keeping track of the details and making sure we reach the highest level of quality. He is originally from Leogane, but now lives in Carrefour with his family.

He has a nickname "POPEYE"  because in his free time Claudel likes to lift weights and eat lots of spinach.

Maternal and Neonatal Health Center Finished

Gabriel Woolf-Sullivan Project Engineer Writes:

To those who have contributed,

I happy to announce that after 14 months of construction and 3 years since the start, the Maternal and Neonatal Health Center is as of this moment completed and ready to see patients. Tomorrow is the inauguration, and attending will be the first lady of Haiti as well as Haiti's Health Minister. Patients will then be seen soon there after.

There were so many people who have contributed to the project; we have worked with several hundred local labors and tradesman, and in my exhaustion I could find 38 emails for the the foreigners that have worked on this project (please pass this along to those who I could not find there email at the moment). Both groups have been tremendous and have made finishing this project a breeze. From my first day here, I've been impressed how quick everyone is to hard work, and equally quick to laughter. Honestly, what makes me far more happy then the opening was watching all the skills I've seen our staff pick up. Most came to this job with little construction experience and many now have at least an excellent start in skills from carpentry to glazing, some far more then a start. My biggest thanks to the foreigners is for your patients and willingness to teach everyone here. It can be so much easier to just do the skilled work yourself, but time and time again I saw you all slowing down and handing over the tools to one of our labors, who had not only never seen such a tool, but didn't even speak the same language, and then keeping with it when the second or third pass still wasn't quite right. I am also overjoyed to say that we have had no serious injuries, and other then a bruised foot and a couple of burns, almost no injuries at all.

Conor pointed out today the large number of expecting mothers coming through the center with their children. In the rush to finish, I had not slowed down to notice why they were there, but when I did you could see how they were telling their children with pride that there next sibling was going to be born here.

Mèsi anpil and I look forward to working with you all on the projects to come,


Meet Vladimir Jude Vincent one of the unsung heroes of the BHI Team in Haiti

When Erik Benson first met Vladimir it was over 2 years ago while working University Hospital at Mirebalais.  Erik could tell there was something different about Vladimir.  Vladimir approached Erik at the entrance of the hospital and said "Hello sir my name is Vladimir Vincent and I wanted to introduce himself."  He had been waiting at the hospital since 5AM and he didn't directly ask Erik for a job, instead he asked Erik to "think of him."  Vladimir isn't a big guy and he openly admitted that he had no training in construction.  At this time Erik wasn't looking for someone but it's always helpful to have a translator (language/culture) and Vladimir promised he could really work hard to help us.  He was hired two days later and instantly exceeded expectations and brought dynamic energy to the work site every day.

Vladimir is a formal but easy going guy and despite Erik's efforts he still refers to Erik as "Sir."  Every morning when work begins, on the Maternal Health Center at St. Boniface Hospital, Vladimir is the first one onsite.  He checks in with contractors, opens our tool depots, organizes the laborers for the day and keeps Erik updated on the progress.  The BHI teams depends on him for a lot and he takes his responsibilities seriously and in stride.  Vladimir just turned 40 but appears ageless but has seen his fair share of adversity, but through all his trials he has emerged gracious and helpful.  

Build Health Internationals (BHI) is a team and each member plays a part in our successes and helps us overcome setbacks.  Vladimir is an important team member and he continues to bring a relentless work ethic to the jobsite daily.