Area nonprofit helps Haitians |

Area nonprofit helps Haitians

If you have a welder, a drill press or some general tools lying unused in your tool shed, you might want to contact Reg King.

King, the president and founder of Haiti Mission Outreach, a local non-profit, is seeking tools and equipment from private parties and businesses to donate to a trade school in Haiti.

The school, which is scheduled to open September 2009, will train about 40 students in diesel mechanics, truck repair, welding and fabrication, wood work and other technical professions, King said.

Since its inception in 1993, Haiti Mission Outreach has built elementary schools, hired teachers, set up medical clinics and dug wells in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The trade school is the latest project of the group.

“It is so difficult to repair and keep things running in Haiti, we collaborated with Raoul Eugene (a Haitian journeyman) to build a school to train young people for technical jobs,” King said. “The trade school building has two stories. It is 60 feet wide and 120 feet long, with a truck repair base inside. It has a cafeteria, classrooms and a machine shop.”

Haiti Outreach Mission is also sponsoring two Haitian apprentices to attend a trade program in Dominican Republic, adjacent to Haiti, so they can teach at the new school once they graduate.

King, a Nevada County resident since 1961, was first drawn to Haiti after visiting his friend’s orphanage there.

“The conditions I saw in Haiti was so unbelievable, I said to my family, we’ll do something,” King said.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 54 percent surviving abject poverty, according to the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook.

King’s non-profit has an annual budget of $75,000, he said. Most of the donations come from people who’ve visited Haiti on one of the trips organized by Haiti Mission Outreach, King said.

“From those groups, people will get connected to the country and become life-long donors,” he added.

King is the co-owner of King Engineering in Grass Valley. The business is located on 563 Brunswick Road.


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