Haven calls for firms to help rebuild Haiti
Irish charity Haven has called on 500 Irish companies to donate €500 each to help rebuild the lives of families in Ile-a- Vache, a small island off Haiti which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Haven said yesterday that families are struggling to repair their homes before the start of the notoriously heavy hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Damaged roofs allow rain to pour in, soaking the little goods that the families do have.
A single donation of €500 will enable Haven to repair a home that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
All work is carried out locally, creating employment for the people of the island.
Haven has already renovated 1,500 homes on the island and now aims to have 2,000 completed by the end of 2015.
The charity was founded by businessman Leslie Buckley, who is also chairman of Independent News & Media - the publisher of this newspaper.
All donations from the latest campaign will go towards the home upgrade programme - repairing or replacing roofs and providing proper doors and windows.
"It is a very small gesture from corporate Ireland to donate €500 to repair a home in Haiti but has a huge impact on the ground," said John Mullins, the chief executive of energy company Amarenco and former head of Bord Gáis.
"I would implore other companies to back this campaign and see the difference we can make for families in Haiti."
The Haven Partnership is an Irish charity working solely in Haiti, providing shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as training.
Companies can make a donations via the Haven website (www.havenpartnership.com) or by calling 01 6815 440.