The original Lycee Anacaona High School was located near the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake. The building was totally destroyed, and many lives were lost in Léogâne. When SCW first arrived at the site, three months after the earthquake, there were thousands of people living in tents on the site. The best words to describe the scene would be desperation and chaos. Schools for the Children of the World entered into an agreement with the Spanish Red Cross and agreed to plan and design a new Lycee Anacaona school and the Red Cross agreed to pay for the construction.
After completion of the building, the Haitian government posted billboards around the county showing this project as a symbol of progress.
The building was designed to address the seismic and hurricane challenges as well as the educational needs and desired aesthetic qualities.