In October 2015, INTREN donated a used fleet truck to New Life for Haiti to help with the organization’s mission of positively impacting the Marfranc community in Haiti.
New Life for Haiti is a charity aimed at making a significant difference in Marfranc, a village along the Grande Anse River. This charity was initially started in 2006 when Fran Leeman, a pastor from the Chicago area, along with several friends decided to make a difference. They had made various trips to Haiti for about 10 years before they decided to pinpoint one specific area and solely dedicate their time there in order to make a long term difference. They set up their headquarter’s office in Marfranc and have been devoted to making an impact ever since.
Since New Life’s start, they have been able to build schools and help farmers with seed after terrible floods, as well as help rebuild homes after the 2010 earthquake.
New Life for Haiti’s mission statement is to “give children a chance at a future, to meet the urgent needs of families, to foster new economic opportunities, and to influence cultural thinking toward a sustainable change within the Grande Anse River Valley on the southern peninsula of Haiti.” In order help to fulfill this mission statement, New Life created a child sponsorship program in which a child receives education, food, vitamins, clothing, books, and school supplies.
INTREN first became involved with this organization through Erin Inman of Primera Engineers, whose husband is the Chairman of the Board for New Life for Haiti. Due to Erin's involvement with New Life, INTREN became aware that this organization was in desperate need of a truck to help transport building materials, and was quick to offer a contribution. After the donated used fleet truck was inspected and fixed, INTREN delivered it to Erin in Naperville late last year, who then in turn shipped it to Haiti.
INTREN's Fleet Services team members worked hard to ensure the donated truck was in perfect shape before it was shipped to Haiti, such as testing and checking the engine, and replacing the radiator and air conditioner. Donated trucks need to be in impeccable working shape before being shipped to organizations like New Life for Haiti as the community usually doesn't have the means to fix the vehicles once they receive them.
The INTREN truck has already made quite the difference in the Marfranc community. As can be seen in the pictures, it is somewhat of a spectacle for the local kids.
INTREN is happy to do our part in giving back to communities around the world. Jim Bishop, Director of Fleet Services, stated that "It feels great to serve an additional purpose; it's rewarding and humbling to be a part of it."