Canadian Mennonite February 22, 2010 19
Help for Haiti
Structural engineers assess “We really like the people-to-people part
of it,” he said. “With going fast from place
building damage in Haiti to place, we still want to get in and sit a
couple minutes with the people who are
there, get to know the little children, . . .
By Linda Espenshade not just look at concrete and steel.”
Mennonite Central Committee Release MCC plans to keep a changing team of
four structural engineers working in Haiti
W hen the structural engineers working
with Mennonite Central Committee
(MCC) in Haiti evaluate the soundness of
that could be fixed without engineers, and
two would need technical expertise to
complete the repairs, Zimmermann said.
through the end of February.
MCC’s office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s
capital, was the first beneficiary of the en-
earthquake-damaged buildings, their clas- Initially, the engineers sent by MCC gineers’ work, when Zimmermann and
sification system is very practical: were spending several hours assessing each two other team members arrived on Jan.
• Is it safe to use? building and explaining to Haitian build- 23, less than two weeks after the quake.
• Can it be used with restrictions? ers how to make repairs. They soon real- The engineers determined that the office
• Should it be abandoned? ized that approach wasn’t time-efficient. was safe but in need of repair, and a nearby