In partnership with the Ministry of Education and with funding from the Haitian private sector and the Japanese government, Miyamoto Relief engineered and executed the repair and seismic strengthening of the school building, nearly all of it carried out by Cite Soleil labor. Modern earthquake engineering techniques were applied to seismically upgrade the school. Lyceé Nationale is the only public school providing secondary education to the Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, a marginalized community with a population of more than 300,000.
Private companies that invested in the project include members of the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, MSC Trading and MSC Plus, Le Flamengo, Panexus, RR Construction, Karibe Hotel, CK Hardware and Colgate, among others. The Japanese government covered remaining costs and replaced the blackboards and benches, while Digicel and Haiti Cheri installed a 30-computer IT lab and solar-power system to support Internet access and computer literacy skills for the students.
As the gates unlocked on the first day of school, the students and staff were so proud of having a strong, safe school for the first time in more than four years,– Mr. Jean Cribe, School Director