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Haiti has long been the poorest country in the western hemisphere. In a country with few building inspectors and poor construction techniques, it was only a matter of time before tragedy struck.

When that tragedy appeared in the form of the January 2010 earthquake, the results were devastating. Thousands of buildings collapsed, killing 200,000 people and leaving well over a million people living in tent camps. The quake impacted some 3 million people in a country of 9 million.

Today, hundreds of thousands are still living in tents and permanent housing is Haiti's greatest need. Our volunteers are helping Haitians get back on their feet by building highly earthquake- and hurricane-resistant houses.

So far, we have built 88 small, yet beautiful and safe homes for Haitian families. And we have the capability to do much more with your help!

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We are currently working in two locations:

Lambi - This is our self-sustaining community located in Gressier, near the epicenter of the earthquake and not far from Port-au-Prince, we have partnered with Grace International to form a Covenant Partner called Grace Fuller Center for Housing. At the Lambi site, we have 7 acres of land and plans to build 30 duplexes. In addition to housing, we plan to provide water, sanitation, job opportunities and civic space. The project to create this self-sustaining community as a model for the country has several partners, including Grace International, Lott Carey and the American Baptist Mission Collaboration. As soon as these 30 duplexes are complete, we plan to start work on a new site in the Gressier area.

Croix-des-Bouquets - In this community just east of Port-au-Prince, we are buliding small, economical homes in partnership with Homes from the Heart, whose founder Michael Bonderer also has partnered with us to build Fuller Center homes in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador, one of our most successful international operations. Bonderer said the homes are usually about 16 feet-by-16 feet, depending upon the sizes of the lots, which varies. "The recipients of these homes really like them, but they're not fancy," he said. "But they're shelter and a secure house for people to live in. That's what we originally promised, and that's what we are doing."

"We are now building and we're among the first organizations to be providing permanent shelter," Fuller Center President David Snell said. "We are moving forward with the important work of making decent housing a reality for the Haitian families who have suffered so much."

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