When Build Health International (BHI) needed a helping hand to install vinyl sheet flooring in a newly built two-level surgical center at St. Boniface Hospital in Haiti, they put a call out for flooring installers who would be willing to donate time and talent. Kwasi Pecou, project manager and estimator for Lane’s Floor Coverings & Interiors in New York, answered the call and travelled to Haiti.
The hospital, which is located in rural Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti, had recently been hit by Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5 storm that ravaged the island’s southwestern tip last October. St. Boniface Hospital services a direct population of 50,000 people and is the main referral hospital for the Southern Peninsula, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million. In 2015 alone, hospital staff managed 62,000 patient visits, treated more than 3,200 inpatients, and helped deliver 1,300 healthy babies, according to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.