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Norman has traveled several times to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake to help design Miracle Village and Abundant Life Marketplace, a 78-acre sustainable community being developed by Love a Child, Inc. (www.Loveachild.com) In addition, Norman’s staff at TCS has provided technical support from Naples.
You can read about our contributions to Haiti in this Naples Daily News article.
Above, Daniel (LAC Interpreter), John Boldt (engineer and EMI team leader), Reggie (LAC worker here in Fond Parisien), Norm Trebilcock (engineer), and George Hackney and Guy Adams (both professional surveyors).
In Haiti, Norman is a vital team member, creating the land plan for Miracle Village. The team continues to provide surveying, planning and engineering services on the site which is located in Fond Parisien, east of Port Au Prince. The Miracle Village community has nearly 500 homes designed to be hurricane and earthquake resident. The homes were completed and families moved in about a year and half after the devastating earthquake. Furnishings were also provided for the homes by Love a Child. For many families, it is not just the first time living indoors, but the first time sleeping in beds.
Norm and Miracle Village Mayor Patrick on site where future homes will be built.
The project has positively changed the lives of so many in one of the most desperate situations of our time. . “This project is an important part of the rebuilding effort in Haiti,” Trebilcock explains. This new community has helped the injured and homeless in Haiti begin to move forward with their lives. It was incredibly rewarding to work with Love a Child on this project. It was the most needed subdivision I have ever worked on.”
Pictured to the left are some temporary living areas since the 2010 earthquake, and to the right are some of the completed homes in Miracle Village.
The project includes worship, recreational and education facilities, as well as commercial space and preserves areas. The community church is now in the final phase of construction.
Recently begun, The Abundant Life Marketplace is a 16 acre commercial area under design by Trebilcock and the EMI Team. The intent of the Abundant Life Marketplace is to create jobs for residents of Miracle Village and the surrounding Fond Pariesien community. The Haitian government donated the land to Love a Child for these projects.
The Miracle Village and Abundant Life Marketplace is adjacent to the orphanage run by Love a Child which is home to 70 children, a radio station, medical clinic, Tilapia farm and regional food distribution warehouse. The Love a Child outreach program includes 13 schools where they educate and feed over 5,000 children daily, and food distribution that reaches thousands of Haitian families.
For several years, Norman has volunteered his time and his company’s resources at Sea Gate Elementary School, working with students in the Math Superstars program. He has worked with groups of students to enhance their math skills and to learn engineering concepts. The students worked through advanced math assignments under Norman’s direction and guidance.
In addition, Norman led an effort at Sea Gate to map the school’s Nature Habitat, an interactive natural and planted area on its property. Students photographed, measured and drew sketches of the habitat area. Norman and TCS created maps to illustrate the vegetation in this environment.
Norman also participated in several Career Day assemblies at Sea Gate, presenting engineering opportunities to students in various grade levels. He outlined the various engineering career opportunities and walked students through a roadway design project.
For over 20 years, Norman has volunteered with Mathcounts, the math competition sponsored by the Florida Engineering Society. The Calusa Chapter of FES holds the math competition for middle schools in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte Counties. Norman has been involved with every aspect of Mathcounts, from grading papers and scoring competition rounds, to recruiting volunteers for the event and organizing the food and beverage service. Norman has co-chaired past competitions, even traveling in 2011 to the state competition in Orlando.