Local materials and local labor are being used to construct the facility, including locally manufactured windows and even reclaimed wood from the area to build the waiting room benches. Rainwater will be harvested from the roof for use in irrigation of the native planted gardens during the dry season. And most importantly, the facility will be powered by solar panels on the roof to supplement power generation and ensure that the facility is never without power even during the frequent outages.
Partners In Health is currently seeking skilled tradespeople like carpenters, plumbers, welders/metalworkers, electricians, medical equipment installers and biomedical technicians to volunteer and help build the hospital. The organization is hoping to have volunteers assist with construction starting in July 2011 and hopes that individuals can give at least 8 days worth of their time. Click here to learn more about Partners In Health’s volunteer program to help build a state-of-the-art hospital facility for Haiti.