Good news. We just got word that the crates with the contents for the multi-media lab for Jakmel Expresyon have cleared Haitian customs in Port au Prince! Our shipper will get them to Grassroots United who will help us get them to Jakmel. Thanks to all who have been following this journey with us and especially thanks to those who have donated to the project. We will keep you updated as the installation proceeds.
We are still raising funds to help facilitate moving our gear from Haitan customs in PaP to Jakmel and to obtain the remaining electrical infrastructure needed to keep the lab up and running when the electricity goes out.
Steve Raden is in PaP being hosted by the amazing folks at Grass Roots United while he waits for our crates to be released from Haitian customs. Steve is spending the time designing our power infrastructure for Jakmel Expressyon and doing some geeking out with the Grass Roots United crew. Grass Roots United works around the world to support communities affected by natural disasters and is doing significant work in Haiti. Check them out.
While Steve and Zaka wait for the Multimedia Lab to be released from Haitian Customs, Aaron Funk of Spare Change Theater and Eder Romeus run an improv theater workshop at Jakmel Expressyon.
We got word in Port au Prince today that the multimedia lab crates will be inspected by Haitian customs imminently which means they should be on their way to Jakmel very soon. Thanks to Grassroots United for providing housing and logistical support to Steve and Zaka during this critical period.
The gear for the Multimedia Lab at Jakmel Expressyon in Haiti has reached Port au Prince. Zaka (JE Coordinator) and Steve (Co-founder of Techne Labs) are staying at Grassroots United in Port au Prince, waiting for the crates to come out of shipping. Haitian customs has become on of the biggest hurdles we have had to over come. Another is the current torrential rains. It is strange to struggle with internet because you can’t put your satellite modem outside in the downpour. We are pushing forward and are determined to find away to get the shipment to Jakmel. In the meantime while we are waiting for for a resolution to the shippings issues, Steve has been helping Grassroots United to develop their computer lab in PaP.
Grassroots United has been one of the most amazing groups of people I have met in Haiti. They are helping us to find ways to make the computer lab at Jakmel Ekspresyon a success. So I would like to give a big shout out to Grassroots people!
Right now we have many needs for this computer lab. The main need we have is funding for the electrical system. We may have enough capital to buy the equipment but that will leave us with no money to hire an electrician to install the system. It will also mean we will not have enough money to build the furniture. The prices for this equipment has raised significantly. Please help us by donating now. All donations are tax deductible. Even $10 will get us closer to our goal.
We are also looking for anyone who has connections to NGO’s in Haiti. Many of the NGO’s are packing up and shipping out. The funding for these different projects has dried up. We would like to try to cut our costs by connecting with these organizations and requesting donations such as batteries and office equipment.
Push the word forward and help us make this amazing opportunity for the Jakmel artists and youth a reality!
Co-Founder Techne Labs