After the earthquake, the What If? Foundation purchased a half acre of land in Port-au-Prince, about a mile away from the St. Clare’s rectory. (see photo on the right) This purchase was prompted by news that the new priest of St. Clare’s planned to use the rectory building, where the food program was housed for more than 11 years, for other purposes.
Using the land while construction is underway
In the spring of 2010, the education program office and the summer camp and after-school programs relocated to a rented house next to the new property. Our Haitian partners then built a temporary tarp-covered seating area on the new land which initially served as a multi-purpose meeting area for the education programs. In September 2011, the food program moved out of the St. Clare’s rectory. Food for the program is now being prepared in a temporary kitchen, set up on the side of a cook’s house, and transported to the new land, where it is served on tables under the temporary tarp-covered seating area. (see photo below)