Volunteer helping Haiti’s long-term future

A KILKENNY woman is among a group of volunteers travelling to Haiti for the final Build It Week.

A KILKENNY woman is among a group of volunteers travelling to Haiti for the final Build It Week.

The Irish volunteers, equipped with humanitarian supplies, set off from Dublin airport to spend a week building 100 houses for the people of Léogâne with former US President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

In the initiative, Haven is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, for which Haven is providing the logistics. This is the second year that Haven and Habitat for Humanity are joining forces. Last year over 300 Irish volunteers built 54 houses for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake.

During this Build It Week, Haven is focusing on the sustainability of long-term development in Haiti. To date Haven has helped over 80,000 Haitians by providing shelter, clean water and hygiene during the cholera epidemic that has again gripped Haiti since Hurricane Sandy. The organisation also provides training programmes to provide people with the tools to help move themselves out of poverty and access basic amenities.