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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Charity sets up academy to train builders in Haiti

Kim Bielenberg Leogane, Haiti

Published 26/11/2012 | 05:00

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IRISH charity Haven is to set up a training academy in Haiti to teach building skills in a bid to relieve the country's chronic housing shortage.

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Irish experts will teach the construction techniques to locals in Haiti, where over 300,000 remain homeless after the 2010 earthquake.

The announcement came as Irish volunteers began work building 100 houses close to the epicentre of the quake, 18 miles south of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Haven is working on the site in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the charity set up by former US President Jimmy Carter.

Mr Carter, a sprightly 88-year-old, joined the other volunteers building homes.

On Saturday, the Irish charity workers were taken in an armed convoy of 11 coaches from Port-au-Prince airport to the camp where they are staying.

They passed through some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world.

The charity set up by Leslie Buckley, chairman of Independent News and Media, is now switching its focus to training Haitians.

The Haven volunteers are working on the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Haven is seeking donations. For more information visit

Irish Independent

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