Haven US is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization building sustainable communities in Haiti through housing,training,&community development.
is a non governmental, non political, non religious organisation working to build sustainable communities,
through the provision of housing, and emergency relief by implementing community development programmes in Haiti.
What Haven does
Haven's focus is on shelter, water and sanitation, emergency relief and the provision of training. These programmes run throughout the year. By training, upskilling and employing local Haitian people Haven is creating jobs and encouraging local trade and industry. Schools, playgrounds, and commnuity buildings are key elements of Haven's community building projects.
By training, up-skilling and employing local Haitian people throughout the year, Haven is creating jobs, encouraging local trade and promoting industry. Homes, community buildings and house upgrades are key elements of Haven's projects.
As well as employing over 600 people on these projects Haven has also brought Irish and US volunteers for one week periods to Haiti to assist with the building of houses & help fund the cost of building materials to make these building projects feasible.
Since the earthquake hit Haiti's capital city, Port au Prince, on January 12th, 2010, Haven has been working in affected areas providing emergency relief to those most in need.
To date Haven has:
Gressier Build It Week,
Haven along with Oxfam has committed to build houses for earthquake affected families in the town of Gressier which lies 26km south west of the capital Port au Prince.
This is where the epicentre of the devastating earthquake occurred 2 years ago and saw over 240 thousand Haitians lose their lives in a matter of 42 seconds. The town of
Gressier suffered greatly with 95% of homes being destroyed resulting in communities being displaced and families divided up into temporary camps where they are still living today.
This May, 45 Haven volunteers will travel to Haiti for an intensive week-long 'Build It Week'. Volunteers are
of all ages and come from all walks of life, but they are completing a housing project in one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. The dates of travel are from 4th May - 11th May 2012.
There will be 30 houses under construction at any one time on Havens Gressier programme. Haven employs 11 local Haitian contractors so each volunteer will slot into whatever stage the house build is at & work under the supervision of the contractors.
Voluntees will work long days outdoors with Havens Haitian workforce and live in basic accommodation beside the build site.