Narrow escape for Irish charity workers
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
TWELVE Irish volunteers avoided being caught up in the devastating Haitian earthquake by just 48 hours.
All the volunteers, aged between 22 and 28, are UCD graduates and had been working with a college charity called 'UCD Volunteers Overseas'.
They arrived home on Monday, the day the earthquake struck the island, having spent weeks in Haiti building houses.
"The fact that you've just left a place, and you return and see the TV and it's destroyed, is really something shocking," charity director Caroline O'Connor said yesterday.
"We were out there for two weeks. We were doing a small construction project. It was two houses in two weeks in the town of Gros Morne."
The charity works with the Sisters of Jesus and Mary each summer, and another group is due to fly out in five months.