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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, relief efforts are behind them and long-term development is sorely needed, with permanent housing as greatest need and, perhaps, opportunity. Our volunteers are helping Haitians get back on their feet by building highly earthquake- and hurricane-resistant houses using locally-available materials and local labor, which creates jobs and supports the local economy.
So far, we have built over 140 simple, yet beautiful and safe homes for Haitian families. And we have the capability to do much more with your help!
Find out more:
- How you can join or lead a Haiti Global Builders team going to Haiti
- How you can provide jobs in Haiti by sponsoring Haitian labor
- View our Master Plan for our Lambi site (near Leogane) or see a sketch of the houses we are building.
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 28 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 28 duplexes are complete, we plan to start work on a new site not far away.
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 built homes in El Salvador and neighboring countries. 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 moving forward with the important work of making decent housing a reality for the Haitian families who have endured so much, yet retain such great love and joy.