Knockbridge father and daughter volunteer in Haiti
Knockbridge father and daughter Dave and Aislinn McCooey return to Haiti as volunteers with the Irish NGO Haven on Friday April 13th.
They are among a group of 36 volunteers who are travelling to the small commune of Gressier, located two hours south-west of Haiti's capital, Port au Prince, where people are still working to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake in 2010.
While there they will lead the refurbishment and upgrade of the main building of the local school which was badly damaged in the earthquake and provide new classroom equipment including books and blackboards. They will also repair the kitchen on the school grounds and build a covered area for children to eat in and enjoy shelter from the searing afternoon heat, a safe play area, and a new toilet block.
'This year's Volunteer Programme marks my eighth time travelling to Haiti with Haven, and my daughter Aislinn is travelling with me for her fourth time,' said Dave. 'We're both really looking forward to returning to Haiti. The Volunteer Programme is so rewarding. It is truly eye-opening to see what families like ours face every day in Haiti, and we feel very fortunate to share this experience together. We know the work we will do in Haiti will transform the local school in Gressier and it's great to be a part of that.'.