Vocational training is an important part of any economy, but in a country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and with an unemployment rate of nearly 80%, Haiti’s infrastructure is in near perpetual need of renewal.
Necessary skills are lacking – preventing any real progress.
Loving Shepherd Ministries (LSM)–based out of NESCO’s hometown of Bluffton, Indiana—is working to solve that problem by establishing the LSM Vocational Ranch in Les Cayes, Haiti. The infrastructure on this 40-acre reserve is currently being built with the goal of providing vocational training to the once- vulnerable children they serve. Ultimately these children will grow to be sustainable adults, empowering them to be change-makers in their own communities.
NESCO Rentals® recently donated the shipment and use of an auger to the LSM Vocational Ranch where it is being used to drill holes for trees, install utility hardware and help regulate drainage.
“We’re able to check soil bearing capacities with a special attachment [on the auger] which has given us a way to make foundation construction decisions,” explains Troy Leyse of LSM. “Immediately upon arrival we used it to determine the foundation conditions for a school we’re building.”
The auger and supplies spent three weeks in transit once they left Indiana before reaching their final destination at the vocational ranch. Heavy equipment of this nature is difficult to come by, as it is not locally produced or supplied.
“NESCO Rentals® has allowed us to better utilize our staff to do more meaningful work and get it done faster,” said Shane Shaw, Projector Coordinator for LSM.
NESCO Rentals® is a leading equipment and service provider for the utility industry. NESCO’s inventory includes aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, diggers, drills, stringing gear, trailers and specialty tools for dozens of industries including foundation, telecommunications, utility construction and many others.
NESCO Rentals® is a leading equipment and service provider for the utility industry. NESCO’s inventory includes aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, diggers, drills, stringing gear, trailers and specialty tools for dozens of industries including: foundation, telecommunications, utility construction, and many others.