|The new temporary offices for the national office and international team of SOS Children's Villages Haiti - Photo: S. Preisch|
|Even though the old colonial building that housed the national office until the earthquake did not collapse, it was deemed dangerous to work in - Photo: H. Atkins|
Building a new national office will take a while - of course, with all the other constructions necessary in Haiti, this is not the first priority. So the gradually growing team of the national office had to find a temporary solution. The containers seemed to be the best and easiest way to provide a working space for everyone in the team.
|Discussing, relocating, taking measure: a lot of people on a little space during the first few days in the containers.|
|Time and again, delivery of the containers was delayed until people began to think they didn't exist. - Photo: S. Preisch|
I had first been told about those containers that would be arriving soon upon my arrival in Santo in mid-November 2010. Ever since then, this „soon“ was repeated over and over again until we all thought the containers were a myth. Some classrooms in the school had been turned into offices, as well as one building of the housing area for the international staff and basically every terrace and living room.
|The new office spaces are cramped, but are a significant improvement on work conditions up to now. - Photo: Sophie Preisch|
We are used to complications, but we‘re just getting used to new dimensions of it. „I am contented. I mean: yes, it is a small space, yes, we still have problems with electricity and the network. But at least the containers are finally here and we were able to move our offices, after so much effort“, Freinet says.