Tuesday 17 January 2017

Volunteers queue up to build Haiti homes

Published 08/02/2010 | 05:00

A CHARITY working to build houses in earthquake-devastated Haiti has been inundated with calls from people wanting to volunteer for its next trip to the country.

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Harrowing television footage of the aftermath of last month's catastrophic quake has spurred 500 people to volunteer for Haven Partnership's 'Build It Week' in April.

The charity is limited in how many people it can fly out. However, up to 270 volunteers are expected to take part. No permanent building work can take place in the ruined capital of Port-au-Prince for at least 18 months and Haven will instead be focusing on a rural location outside the capital.

Exodus

Accommodation in the countryside is under severe pressure due to the exodus of frightened inhabitants from Port-au-Prince. Some households, already living in cramped makeshift mud huts, have more than doubled in size.

Volunteers must raise €4,000 to cover the cost of the trip and building materials. However, one man has set himself a target of raising at least €10,000.

Kieran Tansey, the associate director of a mortgage company, is more used to the housing market here in Ireland. However, the Dundalk man has decided to temporarily hang up his necktie and get his hands dirty building homes for Haiti's poor.

"I made up my mind that I wanted to do this after I saw the earthquake on TV. I wanted to do something different than just going online and making a donation," he explained.

He has already raised €7,000.

Irish Independent

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