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Fort Jacques property continues to be a busy place

The GLA Fort Jacques property continues to be a busy place! The toddlers have been in their new space a full year now. When school is not in session, you are sure to see scooters and swings in use, Frisbees flying, games of chase and duck-duck-goose, and lots of laughter and smiles. This fall, the “She Said” team brought some beautiful fabric wall hangings for the school that have helped brighten up the space and curb some of the echo noise. Touch up painting has recently been done. The yard, school and toddler pods are a bright, colorful, bustling place on this quiet, green mountain!

 

Two family cottages are being built just down from the guest house. These family cottages will be a blessing to adoptive families who visit GLA to bond with their children during socialization visits. These cottages will give families some privacy as they get to know their adoptive child. The cottage cisterns have been dug, foundations built, and the floors poured, building has started on the walls on these small, two-story cottages.

Progress continues to be made on the GLA guest house, mostly in the form of communication and planning between the engineers, designers and suppliers. Working on a building of this size in Haiti presents unique challenges, but with God’s help and provision, the process is moving ahead. Soon the floor supports for the second story will be in place and construction can continue on the upper portions of the building. Once that takes place, finishing work can begin on the main floor.

The Haitian crew has finished the new trash house and incinerator, and both are working well. They have also refurbished the crew restrooms behind the shop, and a new roof was added.
The guard shack has a completely new look! The Haitian crew transformed the exterior by adding rock to the bottom half and a smooth finish to the top half of the building. A wonderful team of ladies painted the exterior and interior this winter, and a group of volunteer men added a new roof, door and window. The building now matches the rest of the buildings on the property, and provides a nice welcome to GLA visitors!

 

There are new raised gardens on the property, too! The beds are located just off the entrance road, and will be a wonderful way for us to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for cooking. The raised beds mean no stooping to work in the dirt, which is great. The Haitian crew dug the beds and then built the walls of the beds with rocks from the property. It is such a blessing that we can use the raw materials from our backyard to assist us with building projects!

God is working at GLA in the small projects and the big ones. Even more than that, though, He is working in the lives of folks who live, work and visit here! “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:19.

Jessica Burke

 

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