Wednesday 22 November 2017

Laying foundations of safe havens in Haiti after quake disaster

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

CAMELIA Bierre's hands were shaking as she smiled for the cameras and accepted the keys to her new home. The Haven Partnership was handing over another house in the Haitian village of Ouanaminthe with a visit from the charity's founder Leslie Buckley.

This is the lush but impoverished rural canvas where 180 men and 80 women from Ireland built 41 houses last October, and their sawing and hammering still echoes.

Joe Grealy, Haven's project manager in the region, speaks proudly of the work done by volunteers here and of the work done since. There are 150 families placed already; there are also courses being run in everything from sexual health to landscaping.

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