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Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez

Following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Gensler became involved in the city of Jacmel through Operation USA, an international relief agency heavily involved in Haiti’s relief efforts.  Located on the country’s southern coast, Jacmel saw 70 percent of its homes damaged or destroyed. With funding from Honeywell, Operation USA enlisted Gensler to provide pro-bone design services for the reconstruction of the Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez. The school re-opened in October 2011 to children eager to resume their daily routines. Jacmel’s rebuilt campus serves more than 400 students in grades K-7 who otherwise cannot afford primary education. The school also enables local engineers to learn how to construct buildings capable of withstanding future earthquakes and hurricanes.